Reference Quantity: ST0427

Particulars of ordinary

Position profile

As an island nation over 95% of commerce by quantity goes by vessel by way of over 100 ports round the UK. Roughly 750 Marine Pilots are employed to securely navigate these vessels from sea to berth or berth to sea throughout the ports jurisdiction. A Marine Pilot has duty for the secure navigational conduct of a vessel all through its passage from sea to berth or berth to sea. In addition they have a statutory obligation to report any defects or deficiencies on the piloted vessel. A Marine Pilot will work carefully with the Captain and different members of the crew, who could also be of any nationality. They need to additionally be capable to use the vessels navigational and communications gear, liaising with different vessels and the harbour marine management centre. Earlier than boarding a vessel, a Marine Pilot is required to organize a passage plan for the voyage from sea to berth or berth to sea. This may consider the scale, draft and working traits of the vessel in addition to tides, the marine setting and the climate and provides consideration to any want for tugs to help the manoeuvring.

The Marine Pilot should be capable to reply to emergency conditions. They need to know and cling to secure navigational, vessel dealing with and environmental working practices and worldwide rules with out endangering themselves, the vessel, its crew or the marine setting. A Marine Pilot should be capable to climb/descend a vertical rope ladder from/to a launch holding place alongside a shifting vessel, usually in tough climate. They need to be capable to use survival strategies in water.

A Marine Pilot usually works shifts to make sure they take regulated relaxation hours. They will need to have native data of the waters, navigation and setting during which they are going to perform acts of pilotage.


This apprenticeship would require rigorous and substantial coaching, usually of round 30 – 36 months, relying on expertise at entry.

Expertise Data and Behaviours Expertise – The power to

  • Plan an Act of Pilotage

  • Embark and Disembark a vessel while underway and while alongside

  • Assess requirements on the piloted vessel

  • Work successfully with the bridge workforce

  • Liaise and talk throughout the port jurisdiction, together with appropriate use of the vessels communication and navigational gear.

  • Safely transit the pilotage district

  • Manoeuvre vessels in harbours and their approaches

  • Reply to issues and emergency conditions

  • Handle private & skilled conduct & growth

Data and understanding of:

  • Navigation, bridge gear and navigational aids

  • Climate, and the consequences of wind and present on the vessel

  • Vessel dealing with and hydrodynamics together with towage the place required

  • Bridge useful resource administration

  • Native, nationwide and worldwide laws, codes of observe and steering; for instance realizing how and when to report deficiencies of the pilotage vessel.

  • Vessels programs, together with stability, power, and development

  • Emergency response and private security

  • Appropriate communications (e.g. vessel to vessel, vessel to shore) utilizing customary marine vocabulary in relation to finishing an act of pilotage safely.

  • Well being, Security and survival strategies

  • Marine environmental safety together with duty to the vessel and port jurisdiction.

  • Differing kinds and designs of vessel

  • Constraints and limitations of different craft on the water

  • Planning an act of pilotage from boarding to disembarkation. Together with however not restricted to:

  • Persevering with Skilled Improvement


Behaviours – a marine pilot is predicted to:

  • Try to realize the perfect leads to all they do; keep a constructive perspective and method to their work even when priorities and dealing patterns change

  • Take duty for personal and others well being, security and safety always

  • Reveal integrity, credibility, honesty and private drive; embody the organisations values, a perception within the providers it gives and an curiosity within the trade

  • Take possession for personal efficiency and coaching

Entry necessities:

Particular person employers will decide their very own entry necessities; however as a result of nature of the position it’s anticipated that candidates will meet sure medical requirements of bodily well being.


Apprentices with out Stage 2 English and maths might want to obtain this stage previous to taking their finish level evaluation

Stage – It is a stage 5 apprenticeship

Evaluate – This Normal might be reviewed in 3 years.


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