Will “Ship Pilot” be Replaced By Robots? 🤔
Unknown Chance of Automation
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
- River Pilot
- Relief Docking Master
- Marine Pilot
- Harbor Pilot
- Docking Pilot
- Boat Pilot
- Towing Pilot
- Steamboat Pilot
- Speedboat Driver
- Ship Pilot
- 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 “Ship Pilot”
- Prevent ships under their navigational control from engaging in unsafe operations.
- Operate ship-to-shore radios to exchange information needed for ship operations.
- Provide assistance to vessels approaching or leaving seacoasts, navigating harbors, or docking and undocking.
- Report to appropriate authorities any violations of federal or state pilotage laws.
- Maintain ship logs.
- Provide assistance in maritime rescue operations.
- Oversee cargo storage on or below decks.
- Consult maps, charts, weather reports, or navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.
- Make nautical maps.
- Learn to operate new technology systems and procedures, through the use of instruction, simulators, or models.
- 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.
- Relieve crew members on tugs or launches.
- Direct courses and speeds of ships, based on specialized knowledge of local winds, weather, water depths, tides, currents, and hazards.
- Steer ships into or out of berths or signal tugboat captains to berth or unberth ships.
- Advise ships' masters on harbor rules and customs procedures.
- Serve as a vessel's docking master upon arrival at a port or when at a berth.
Related Technology & Tools
- Container ships
- Pilot ladders
- Rescue slings
- Oil tanker ships
- Echo sounders
- Integrated bridge systems
- Global Navigation Satellite System GNSS
- Very high frequency VHF radiotelephone systems
- Life jackets
- Thermal protective aids TPA
- Two way radios
- Personal computers
- Desktop computers
- Mechanical pilot hoists
- Navigational compasses
- Dynamic positioning DP systems
- Electronic chart display and information systems ECDIS
- Differential global positioning satellite DGPS positioning systems
- Global positioning systems GPS
- Shipboard radar
- Cruise ships
- Wind gauges
- Safety harnesses
- Voyage management systems VMS
- Surveillance binoculars
- Chemical tankers
- Bulk carriers
- Ship-to-shore radios
- Laptop computers
- Immersion suits
- Log book software
- Navigational chart software
- Maptech The CAPN
- Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Admiral