Marine pilot

Marine pilot

“A marine pilot safely navigates vessels from sea to berth or berth to sea within the port’s jurisdiction”

With safety in mind, a marine pilot trains in the use of vessel navigational and communications equipment, as well as liaising with other vessels and the harbour marine control centre. You’ll also learn to prepare passage plans voyages. These take into account the size, draft and operating characteristics of the vessel as well as tides, the marine environment and the weather, and give consideration to any need for tugs to assist the manoeuvring. You’ll develop knowledge of and the ability to adhere to safe navigational, vessel handling, environmental working practices and international regulations without endangering yourself, the vessel, its crew or the marine environment. You must be able to climb/descend a vertical rope ladder from/to a launch holding position alongside a moving vessel, often in rough weather. You must also be able to use survival techniques in water.

Duration: 30 months

Relevant school subjects: PE and geography

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but must meet certain medical standards of physical health

Achievement upon completion: Level 5 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree and above

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum

More information: www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/marine-pilot

Apply: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/vacancies