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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
- 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”
- Maintain ship logs.
- Provide assistance in maritime rescue operations.
- Operate ship-to-shore radios to exchange information needed for ship operations.
- Advise ships' masters on harbor rules and customs procedures.
- 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.
- Serve as a vessel's docking master upon arrival at a port or when at a berth.
- Steer ships into or out of berths or signal tugboat captains to berth or unberth ships.
- Report to appropriate authorities any violations of federal or state pilotage laws.
- Give directions to crew members who are steering ships.
- Maintain or repair boats or equipment.
- Consult maps, charts, weather reports, or navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.
- Oversee cargo storage on or below decks.
- Prevent ships under their navigational control from engaging in unsafe operations.
- Set ships' courses that avoid reefs, outlying shoals, or other hazards, using navigational aids, such as lighthouses or buoys.
- Make nautical maps.
- Learn to operate new technology systems and procedures, through the use of instruction, simulators, or models.
- Relieve crew members on tugs or launches.
Related Technology & Tools
- Safety harnesses
- Shipboard radar
- Global positioning systems GPS
- Personal computers
- Thermal protective aids TPA
- Laptop computers
- Life jackets
- Navigational compasses
- Rescue slings
- Chemical tankers
- Container ships
- Very high frequency VHF radiotelephone systems
- Wind gauges
- Echo sounders
- Immersion suits
- Surveillance binoculars
- Differential global positioning satellite DGPS positioning systems
- Global Navigation Satellite System GNSS
- Two way radios
- Electronic chart display and information systems ECDIS
- Bulk carriers
- Voyage management systems VMS
- Dynamic positioning DP systems
- Mechanical pilot hoists
- Ship-to-shore radios
- Oil tanker ships
- Pilot ladders
- Cruise ships
- Integrated bridge systems
- Desktop computers
- Log book software
- Jeppesen Marine Nobeltec Admiral
- Maptech The CAPN
- Navigational chart software