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How to become a Marine Pilot

Find out more about becoming a Marine Pilot

What does a Marine Pilot do?

Job Description and Activities

Masters of ships arriving in ports often need assistance to make sure they can enter and exit the port safely. This assistance is provided by Marine Pilots who are normally required to undertake the following:

Physical tasks – Marine Pilots are required to board moving vessels from small high powered launches, often in rough seas. This involves climbing high ladders to access vessel decks.

Pilotage planning – before boarding a vessel the Marine Pilot is required to plan the course of the vessel taking into account tides, weather, size, weight and operational characteristics of the vessel, and if there is a need for tugs.

Piloting the vessel – the Marine Pilot will have responsibility for navigating the vessel safely in and out of the harbour and needs to work very closely with the captain, and other members of the crew, to achieve this. They would also need to be able to use the ship’s navigational and communications equipment, liaising with other vessels and the port control centre.

The Working Environment

The requirement to board vessels at sea means that a marine pilot needs to be reasonably fit, comfortable working on the water and at height. Due to the nature of the work, many pilots have previously worked as a ship’s officer or master. There may also be some on-call requirement and shift or weekend work is very likely.

How will the Diploma help me to become a Marine Pilot?

You will learn key knowledge from experienced people working in the business. This knowledge and understanding will be tested via the module student assignments and the final exam (for those wishing to gain the Full Diploma).  They course will cover key areas that you must understand if you wish to work as a Marine Pilot. People that have take the time to study this subject and learn will have shown motivation and forward thinking which is very appealing to potential employers.

Will I become a qualified Pilot upon successful completion?

No. You will still need to meet the requirements of individual employers in terms of their operating and training standards. But as explained this course will certainly help you.

Am I qualified enough to start training as a Marine Pilot?

Marine Pilots traditionally have experience as Ship’s Officer prior to working in the Pilotage profession. Please note that each employer depending where you are in the world will have different requirements.

How will this course help me find a job as a Marine Pilot?

We can make no promises that you will find work as a Marine Pilot. But taking this course will raise your profile on the job market. Key knowledge and understanding plus an ability to learn are important factors that employers look for. By taking and passing this course you will a have demonstrated and proven your ability for critical thinking within the frame work of a course covering all the key aspects of marine pilotage. The course is taught by working experts with a huge amount of experience and working knowledge. The focus of this course is understanding what you NEED to know when performing the task of Marine Pilot. As such it is invaluable for those wishing to start a career or indeed highly experienced arune pilots looking to update their knowledge and gain a formal qualification.

How much can I expect to earn?

According to the UK based website: www.portskillsandsafety.co.uk/skills/careers/industry_roles/marine_pilot  Marine Pilots can expect to earn in the region of £35,000, sometimes rising to £55,000 with experience. Earnings are often dependent upon the types of vessel using the port and the unsocial hours they are required to work. Please note this is just one example. Information will vary and also depend on where you are based in the world.

PLEASE NOTE we operate an ‘open door’ towards applicants and warmly encourage those that wish to learn. So if you want to apply then please do.

All applications are checked by the Account Manager prior to acceptance. If we need any more information then we will contact the prospective student. The main thing is that we want our students to succeed and enjoy the course.

If we think you are going to struggle, based on a lack of experience or qualifications, then we will contact you first and qualify the areas of concern. Motivation and commitment are the most important factors.

If you have that then we are happy to receive your application.

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