NOS Units

These National Occupational Standards detail the competencies required of a Marine Pilot as defined within the Port Marine Safety Code.

Masters of ships arriving in ports often need assistance to make sure they can enter and exit the port safely. This assistance is provided by Marine Pilots.

Marine Pilots would normally board a moving vessel in order to assume responsibility for navigating the vessel safely in and out of the harbour. The pilot works very closely with the captain and other members of the crew, and needs to take account of many factors such as tides, weather, and the size, weight and operational characteristics of the vessel, in the course of their duties.

Date approved: February 2012