Marine Pilots typically have an extensive seafaring background along with a significant amount of experience at sea. To become a Marine Pilot you have to follow the Deck Officer career pathway and will usually have to fulfill the position of Master prior to obtaining employment in this role. Marine Pilots can progress into various other shore based roles within the maritime industry including, Marine Inspectors, Marine Fleet Management and Port Operations.
Marine Pilots are shore based specialists within the industry who guide large ships into and out of Ports. Ship Captains inform Port authorities when they will need assistance in berthing and Port Authorities arrange for marine pilots to assist. When ships are coming into Port the pilot is taken out to the ship via boat or helicopter and takes control of the vessel until it arrives safely in Port. Becoming a Marine Pilot is considered to be the high point of a career at sea. Major responsibilities of Marine Pilots include:
Conducting vessels in and out of Port
Instruction of crew
Liaison between crew, tug operators and Port Authorities
As a Marine Pilot, individuals can expect to earn from $112,000 - $200,000+ p.a.
Qualification Required: Diploma of Transport & Distribution (Maritime Operations- Master Class 3) or above.
Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)
There are 3 specialists RTOs within Australia where individuals can obtain the required qualification in order to undertake a career as a Marine Pilot:
The Australian Maritime College (AMC) located in Launceston, Tasmania.
Challenger Institute located in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Hunter Institute of Technology located in Newcastle, New South Wales.
Please refer to the Masters section of this website to see what the course structure includes, as this Maritime occupation will require individuals with seagoing experience.
Please refer to the Masters section of this website to see the entry requirements for the course.
How to apply
Individuals seeking to apply for the course can do so by applying directly to the RTOs. Individuals seeking to apply for a position as a Marine Pilot should contact their local Port Authority for more information.