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    Hi all,
    Just a quick question. To become a pilot do u first need to get to the rank of captain? Thanks in advance for replies.

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    Yes, in most countries I believe. In Norway you need to have master license and minimum 3 years experience as chief officer or captain. Then you can apply for job as a pilot with the coastal administration(pilots in Norway are employed by the government). In Norway there are normally 50 applicants per vacant position as pilot.


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    Holberg
    Bachelor in nautical studies // 2nd off. Lindblad Expeditions
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    • #3
      It is up to national or port authorities. Humber Pilots, for example, recruit OOW level candidates.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Steve View Post
        It is up to national or port authorities. Humber Pilots, for example, recruit OOW level candidates.
        Really! (Humber = OOW) that is a surprise over here in Oz you cant even put an application in until you have a Masters ticket and quite a bit of ship handling!
        Pilotage - It's just a controlled allision

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        • #5
          There's a job advert here for a Humber Pilot. It asks for Master's or Chief Mates, but only says 'should' not 'must'. Is this a typical Pilot Salary for the UK?
          http://www.humber.com/admin/content/...Feb%202013.pdf

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          • #6
            Don't know about UK standards, but compared to Norwegian pilots, that is a bad salary. Also, the Norwegian pilots work 131 days a year, compared to 198 in Humber..


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            • #7
              A friend of mine joined the Humber Pilots with an OOW ticket and 2nd mates experience.
              Pilots in the UK are pretty badly paid I think, ABP have sewn up the whole business pretty much, there are a couple of good ports not under ABP but getting into them is quite tricky and all depends on who you know.
              There is a HUGE difference in salaries for pilots worldwide, the USA pays outrageous salaries on some group owned services, Miami port pilots start on $250-000 and can end up on three or four times that and several others pay similar or more.
              In the UK, it's probably a nice enough gig, home most nights and you get the pension etc. but you have to pay tax on your 60-80k which sucks, lots of time off though - a couple of pilots in Southampton do some work for the Nautical colleges on the side, so options to boost your salary if you are motivated.
              Cruise ship Captain with experience on-board Passenger Vessels ranging from 5500-150000 GRT.

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              • #8
                Humber is a bit of a special case because of its history with regards all the previous Pilots being removed in one swoop (the history of it all can be found online) but pay does vary considerably, over here in OZ the starting salary for most Port Pilots is 200,000 but that is due to a lot of factors including what the local seafarers get paid and cost of living and the government v private factor.
                Pilotage - It's just a controlled allision

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