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Command ships to steer them into and out of harbors, estuaries, straits, or sounds, or on rivers, lakes, or bays. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard with limitations indicating class and tonnage of vessels for which license is valid and route and waters that may be piloted.
- The SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) code is 53-5021.03
☝️ Information based on the reference occupation “Pilots, Ship”.
Also Known As…
- Pilots, Ship
- Towboat Pilot
- State Pilot
- Ship Pilot
- River Pilot
- Relief Docking Master
- Marine Pilot
- Harbor Pilot
- Docking Pilot
- Boat Pilot
- Steamboat Pilot
- Speedboat Driver
- School Boat Driver
- Relief Pilot
- Package Line Relief Operator
- Master Pilot
- Maritime Pilot
- Ferryboat Pilot
- Ferry Pilot
- Canal Driver
- Barge Pilot
- Bar Pilot
- Area Relief Pilot
Tasks for “Towing Pilot”
- Advise ships' masters on harbor rules and customs procedures.
- Prevent ships under their navigational control from engaging in unsafe operations.
- Direct courses and speeds of ships, based on specialized knowledge of local winds, weather, water depths, tides, currents, and hazards.
- Provide assistance to vessels approaching or leaving seacoasts, navigating harbors, or docking and undocking.
- Steer ships into or out of berths or signal tugboat captains to berth or unberth ships.
- Consult maps, charts, weather reports, or navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.
- Set ships' courses that avoid reefs, outlying shoals, or other hazards, using navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.
- Maintain or repair boats or equipment.
- Give directions to crew members who are steering ships.
- Maintain ship logs.
- Relieve crew members on tugs or launches.
- Operate ship-to-shore radios to exchange information needed for ship operations.
- Oversee cargo storage on or below decks.
- Provide assistance in maritime rescue operations.
- Serve as a vessel's docking master upon arrival at a port or when at a berth.
- Report to appropriate authorities any violations of federal or state pilotage laws.
- Make nautical maps.
- Learn to operate new technology systems and procedures, through the use of instruction, simulators, or models.
Related Technology & Tools
- Dynamic positioning DP systems
- Mechanical pilot hoists
- Electronic chart display and information systems ECDIS
- Navigational compasses
- Container ships
- Very high frequency VHF radiotelephone systems
- Thermal protective aids TPA
- Bulk carriers
- Cruise ships
- Global Navigation Satellite System GNSS
- Two way radios
- Immersion suits
- Global positioning systems GPS
- Pilot ladders
- Personal computers
- Echo sounders
- Oil tanker ships
- Life jackets
- Surveillance binoculars
- Chemical tankers
- Voyage management systems VMS
- Laptop computers
- Shipboard radar
- Safety harnesses
- Desktop computers
- Rescue slings
- Differential global positioning satellite DGPS positioning systems
- Wind gauges
- Ship-to-shore radios
- Integrated bridge systems
- Navigational chart software
- Maptech The CAPN
- Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Admiral
- Log book software