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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Marine Pilot

Marine Pilot

Marine Pilots are responsible for guiding large ships in and out of ports and operating radio communications in order to exchange information needed for ship operations. Strong communication skills are essential as they liaison between crew, tug operators, and port authorities. Marine Pilots must have critical thinking abilities, as they need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Check maps, charts, weather reports and navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.
  • Determine courses and speeds of ships, based on specialised knowledge of local winds, water depths, currents, and hazards.
  • Use navigational aids to direct the ships course to avoid hazards such as lighthouses or buoys.

Industry facts

  • It is considered to be a high point of career at sea when becoming a Marine Pilot.
  • Marine Pilots usually have a vast amount of experience at sea and a strong seafaring background.
  • There is opportunities for Marine Pilots to progress into a number of other shore based roles within the maritime industry including, Marine Fleet Management, Marine Inspectors, and Port Operations.

Entry Qualifications

Training qualification:

  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres)
  • Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres)
  • Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited)

Estimated Salary

$112,000 – $200,000 (Median $160,00)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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