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 to firstname.lastname@example.org will
not be considered until the $50 application fee is received.
The Southeast Alaska Pilots’
Association will hold examinations to select new trainees from April
6-10, 2020, at the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) in Seattle. The
cost of simulator time is expected to be approximately $3,500 per applicant,
payable to PMI. Note:
no phone calls should be made to the SEAPA office. All questions should be directed to email@example.com.
applications must be postmarked or e-mailed before February 15, 2020.
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 INFORMATION
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
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; cruising in Alaska is very popular with approximately 1.4
million cruise passengers expected to move through the region in
2020. These ships are in the
region from May through September, and accordingly all
of our pilots work full-time through the summer.
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.
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
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.
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 SEAPA
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.
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 February 15, 2020 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
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
during the week of April 6, 2020 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.
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 view.
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.