INSTRUCTION AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION
FOR SOUTHEAST ALASKA PILOTSí ASSOCIATION TRAINEE APPLICANTS
Please make $50 application
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information contained herein is provided to assist potential Trainee
Applicants in their understanding of the Southeast Alaska Pilotsí
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 Pilotís Association, established in 1971, is located in
Ketchikan, Alaska. Presently, there are 41 fully-licensed Marine Pilots,
5 Deputy Marine Pilots, and 10 Trainees. SEAPAís 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.
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 Ė 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, SEAPAís 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 medical insurance.
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 25í 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
Southeastís 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 cargo ships.
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 Pilot.
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 Pilotsí Associationís 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
Southeast Alaska Pilotís 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 non-refundable.
Applicant meets the qualifying criteria, the Applicant will receive a
letter from the Southeast Alaska Pilotsí 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
form, United 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 Associationís policy is to follow a uniform,
fair, open and nondiscriminatory process of Trainee selection.