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