INSTRUCTION AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION
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Instruction and Background Information
Please enclose a
$50 application fee made out to Sea Pilots, Inc and mail to SEA Pilots,
1621 Tongass Avenue, Suite 300, Ketchikan, AK
99901. Applications sent via email
will not be considered until the $50 application fee is received.
SEAPA Training Opportunity
Southeast Alaska Pilots’ is running a third simulator exam May 24-28,
2021 with the written exam May 22, 2021. This exam is open to new applicants
and those that were not able to attend the previous exam. Those that tested in October or
December 2020 will not be eligible. The application period will close
Friday April 30, 2021. Applications must be submitted electronically
The cost of
simulator time is expected to be approximately $3,500 per applicant,
payable to PMI. Note:
(1) Absolutely no phone calls should be made
to the SEAPA office. All questions should be directed
Please check FAQ on our website before submitting a question.
(2) When the application due date has
passed, April 30, 2021, no new applications will be accepted.
(3) All candidates MUST be able to qualify
for a USCG First Class Pilotage endorsement without tonnage
restriction. If the applicant has sea time that may be
applicable (e.g. combined tug and tow) but
does not currently hold an unlimited tonnage license, they will need to
provide proof from the USCG Regional Exam enter in Juneau, Alaska, they
qualify for First Class Pilotage without tonnage restriction.
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INSTRUCTION AND BACKGROUND
This information is provided
to assist potential applicants in their understanding of the Southeast
Alaska Pilots’ Association (SEAPA) and the requirements for becoming a
State of Alaska licensed marine pilot in Southeast Alaska.
SEAPA was established in 1971
and has its office in Ketchikan, Alaska. Our pilots are charged by the
state to protect life, property, and the marine environment in Southeast
Alaska. We typically pilot cruise ships, bulk cargo vessels, and large
yachts. Cruise vessels comprise the
vast majority of our traffic. These ships are in
the region from May through September, and accordingly all of our pilots work full-time through the
SEAPA’s region stretches from
Dixon Entrance to Cape Spencer plus Yakutat Bay, an area with 11,000
nautical miles of shoreline including National Parks, National Forest,
National Monuments, and critical habitat areas. Southeast
Alaska experiences large tides and tidal currents, dramatic weather with
strong winds any time of year, and frequently reduced
visibility. As with most of Alaska our working grounds are
generally remote from civilization and support resources.
SEAPA pilots are independent
contractors who operate in association to facilitate dispatch, safety,
and efficiency in the provision of pilotage services. Pilots
are responsible for their own business licensing and other expenses,
retirement, and medical insurance.
Training for new pilots is
arduous, beginning with the need to obtain a Federal pilotage endorsement
for the entire region, passing State examinations, and completing over
100 supervised maneuvers. The training program is
unfunded. Initial training takes between two and four years
depending on the status of the trainee. An additional three years’
experience as a Deputy Marine Pilot is required before becoming a fully
licensed Marine Pilot.
It is extremely important that
potential applicants ensure that they are eligible to obtain Federal
Pilotage in Southeast Alaska. The specific requirements are
spelled out in the pilotage package published by the USCG Officer in
Charge of Marine Inspection, Southeast Alaska, which is available on the
Pilotage in Alaska is governed
by Alaska statute AS 08.62 and administrative code 12 AAC
56. Applicants are encouraged to review and familiarize
themselves with these requirements, as well as the SEAPA training manuals
available on this web page.
Applicants should pay close
attention to the qualifying criteria and documentation requirements.
Incomplete applications will be returned with a letter explaining the
deficiencies. Applications will only be accepted on the SEAPA
application form, including all required documentation and the
application fee. All applications must be emailed on or before
April 30,2021. to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are responsible for all
costs associated with completion and submission of
applications. An investigation of applicant background history
will be conducted. The application fee of $50.00 is for the
processing of applications, background checks, experience verification,
etcetera, and is non-refundable.
An applicant meeting the
qualifying criteria will be informed of their status as a trainee
candidate and be kept informed of details concerning the selection
exams. The agility test, written examination, and bridge
simulations will be conducted (date to be announced) at Pacific Maritime
Institute in Seattle, Washington. Potential candidates must be
available during the entire week. The costs of the agility
test and the simulation exams will be borne by the candidate, as well as
travel expenses required to attend the exams. The actual cost for the
simulation exam will be conveyed to the candidates once it is known how
many people are taking the test.
Questions should be directed
in writing to email@example.com. Responses will be posted on the SEAPA website under
frequently asked questions (FAQ), and available for all applicants to
In accordance with AS 08.62.175(c)(4)
and 12 AAC 56.310(c)(2), the Association’s policy is to follow a uniform,
fair, open, and non-discriminatory process of trainee selection.