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Role of a pilot

Job Purpose:

To take statutory conduct of the vessel (under the 1987 Pilotage Act) through the Port of London compulsory pilotage district to assist a ship’s master/bridge team in effecting a safe and efficient passage. 

You will be expected to board a vessel as required at any pilot station, berth and anchorage or whilst otherwise underway within the pilotage district, and conduct, an act of pilotage to facilitate the vessel’s transit.

Essential skills/attributes

  • Eligibility to work in the UK (we do not sponsor applications)
  • ENG1 Medical certificate or equivalent
  • Driving Licence
  • Masters Unlimited Certificate of Competency (or at least achieve this at the time of commencing the training).
  • Spatial awareness in all aspects
  • The ability to be decisive and act confidently
  • Relevant experience of pilotage or held command or Chief Officer’s appointment. 
  • Excellent communicator and team player
  • IT skills
  • Motivation and commitment to undertake the continued learning required to become a Pilot on this busy and complex river. 


Desirable skills

  • Experience of Tug use.
  • Knowledge of Port safety marine code


Key accountabilities

  • To provide decisive and clear navigational advice and information on regulatory requirements to the master as necessary, including applicable safety and environmental provisions.
  • To support the master in communication to appropriate personnel, and other surrounding vessels.
  • To perform suitable bridge management duties in relation to statutory regulations
  • To record and submit passage plan.
  • To prepare and submit incident/accident reports.
  • To provide appropriate assistance in the event of an emergency
  • To provide professional advice to the appropriate personnel on local navigational and other port marine issues when required.
  • To liaise with VTS as appropriate
  • To Coordinate tug activity as required
  • To comply with relevant codes of practice, navigational and industrial.
  • To provide training and advice, as required to other pilots including trainees and Pilotage Exemption Certificate applicants.
  • To provide excellent customer service to internal and external customers

Statutory reporting of shipboard deficiencies in  operations, navigation, health and welfare of crew, unsafe navigational practice of other vessels, navigational hazards and obstructions.