AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION
FOR SOUTHEAST ALASKA PILOTS ASSOCIATION TRAINEE
make $50 application fee check out to SEA PILOTS, INC.
information contained herein is provided to assist potential
Trainee 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. This information was last updated on
October 17, 2007.
Southeast Alaska Pilots Association, established
in 1971, is located in Ketchikan, Alaska. Presently, there
are 41 fully-licensed Marine Pilots, 5 Deputy Marine Pilots,
and 10 Trainees. SEAPAs mission is to provide superior
professional pilotage in order to increase maritime safety
and efficiency while protecting the Southeast Alaska environment
and providing increased vigilance for maritime security.
the course of our duties, we pilot a wide variety of ships;
including the largest cruise ships on the United States
west coast (113,000 gross tons and 951 feet length overall),
miscellaneous cargo vessels (primarily log and ore ships
mostly in the 500 to 600 feet overall length),
US Military vessels (including various Navy and Coast
Guard ships), specialized vessels (such as cable layers,
research vessels, survey ships) and large yachts (the
size of small ships).
State of Alaska statute, SEAPAs pilots are independent
contractors who operate in association to facilitate dispatch,
safety, and efficiency in the provision of pilotage services.
As independent contractors, individual Pilots are responsible
for their own business licensing, retirement program and
area of responsibility for SEAPA pilots includes Southeast
Alaska from Dixon Entrance to Cape Spencer and Yakutat.
Of the 23 maritime states, Alaska has the most extensive
coastline with over 14,000 miles of shoreline in Southeast
Alaska, and many environmentally sensitive areas; including
National Parks, National Forest, National Monuments, critical
habitat areas, etc. Southeast Alaska is considered one
of the most challenging operating areas for pilotage in
the country, with regularly occurring extreme tides (over
25 range), currents (up to 10 knots) and winds (well
over 40 knots). The vastness and remoteness of our area
is like none other in the nation, with limited communications
and standby resources; therefore pilots in this area must
be even more self-reliant than in the Lower 48. In 2007,
Southeast Alaska Pilots were responsible for safely moving
more than 853,654 passengers safely throughout Southeasts
waters. This included the safe movement of over 35 million
gross tons of passenger ships, across 291,529 miles of
Southeast waterways, and over 1 million gross tons of
have an extensive training program for new Pilots. The
training program is unfunded, each Trainee is responsible
for meeting their own costs in order to complete the training
requirements. Depending on the category that a Trainee
qualifies for entry, training takes an average of 5 to
7 years for completion to become a fully licensed Marine
general, Trainees will be required to complete: (1) United
States Coast Guard Federal Pilotage requirements, (2)
State of Alaska State Pilotage requirements, and (3) the
Southeast Alaska Pilots Associations Training
become a State of Alaska licensed Deputy Marine Pilot
or Marine Pilot, an individual must first earn an endorsement
of First Class Pilotage (Federal Pilotage) without tonnage
restrictions for Southeast Alaska. The specific requirements
for First Class Pilotage in Southeast Alaska can be found
in the United States Coast Guard Officer in Charge of
Marine Inspection for Southeast Alaska Application for
Southeast Alaska Pilotage Package. A copy of the current
requirements is available on the SEAPA website. Applicants
are encouraged to review and familiarize themselves with
the First Class Pilotage requirements, without tonnage
restrictions, for Southeast Alaska.
specific requirements of State of Alaska Marine Pilots
are contained in the State Marine Pilot Statutes; AS 08.62
and the State Marine Pilot Regulations 12 AAC 56. Applicants
are encouraged to review and familiarize themselves with
the State requirements to become a State licensed Pilot.
Southeast Alaska Pilots Association Training Program,
integrates the Federal and State requirements with Association
requirements to into an over-encompassing Association
Training Program. Prospective Applicants should ensure
familiarity with all sources prior to making application.
completing the application, Applicants should pay particular
attention to the initial qualifying criteria and documentation
requirements. Incomplete applications will be returned
with a letter explaining the deficiencies and the individual
will not be permitted to compete for a Training Position
within the current advertised solicitation period. Applications
will be accepted only on the SEAPA application form, including
all required documentation and the application fee. All
applications must be post-marked on or before the February
8, 2008. Applications post-marked after that date will
not be considered. Applications may be sent electronically,
and must be sent on or before February 8, 2008 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 processing of applications,
background checks, experience verification, etc. and is
an Applicant meets the qualifying criteria, the Applicant
will receive a letter from the Southeast Alaska Pilots
Association informing them of their status as a Trainee
Candidate and of the specific requirements; including
individual exam date, location and cost for each Candidate.
All Candidate agility tests, written examinations and
bridge simulations will be conducted during the week of
March 10-14, 2008 in Seattle, Washington. Potential Candidates
must be available during that time period, there are no
exceptions. All costs incurred in the Trainee Candidate
evaluation and selection process will be borne by the
Trainee Candidate. The typical costs for Trainee selection
may include, but not be limited to, applicable lodging
and transportation to Seattle Washington (the location
of the testing facilities), the cost of the physical agility
test, the written examination and the bridge simulation.
The total expected costs of the three examinations are
expected to be about $1,995, and will vary, depending
on the number of candidates. The actual costs will be
identified in the letter to Applicants informing them
of their status as Candidates.
States Coast Guard Southeast Federal Pilotage Package
and State of
Alaska Marine Pilot Statutes and Regulations are available
in PDF format. A free Adobe Reader is required and can
be safely downloaded at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.
should be directed in writing to email@example.com.
Responses will be posted on the SEAPA website under frequently
asked questions (faq), available for all applicants
to view. In accordance with AS 08.62.175(c)(4) and 12
AAC 56.310(c)(2), the Associations policy is to
follow a uniform, fair, open and nondiscriminatory process
of Trainee selection.