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