INSTRUCTION AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION
and Background Information
enclose a $50 application fee made 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 November 20, 2014.
Southeast Alaska Pilots’ Association, established in 1971, is located in
Ketchikan, Alaska. Presently, there are 41 fully licensed Marine Pilots,
3 Deputy Marine Pilots, and 3 Trainees.
SEAPA’s 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
the course of our duties, we pilot a wide variety of ships; including the
largest cruise ships on the US west coast (122,000 gross tons with a
length of 1041 ft and beam of 121 ft), miscellaneous cargo vessels (primarily log and
ore ships of 500-600 ft length), US Military
vessels (including various Navy and Coast Guard ships), specialized
vessels (such as cable layers, research vessels, and survey ships), and
large yachts (some in excess of 400 ft length).
State of Alaska statute, SEAPA’s 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. Much of that
coastline is in environmentally sensitive areas including National Parks,
National Forest, National Monuments, and critical habitat areas. 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 kts), and winds (well over 40 kts). 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.
2014, Southeast Alaska Pilots were responsible for safely moving more
than 960,000 passengers throughout the areas waters. This included the safe movement of
almost 38 million gross tons of passenger ships over 277,500 miles. Additionally, we moved almost 500,000
gross tons of cargo through 6 ports.
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,
initial training takes an average of 2 to 4 years for completion, with an
additional 3 years serving as a Deputy Marine Pilot before becoming a
fully licensed Marine Pilot.
general, Trainees will be required to complete: (1) Unites States Coast
Guard Federal Pilotage requirements, (2) State of Alaska Pilotage
requirements, and (3) the Southeast Alaska Pilots’ Association 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 these requirements.
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 these
Southeast Alaska Pilots’ Association Training Program integrates the Federal
and State requirements with Association requirements into an
all-encompassing 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. Applications will
only be accepted on the SEAPA application form, including all required
documentation and the application fee.
All applications must be postmarked on or before March 16, 2015.
Applications postmarked after that date will not be considered. Applications may be sent
electronically, on or before March 16, 2015, 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,
etc. and is non-refundable.
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 exam date, location, and cost for each Candidate. All Candidate agility tests, written
examinations, and bridge simulations will be conducted during the week of
May 4-8, 2015 at a location to be determined. Potential Candidates must be available
during that entire 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 transportation and lodging
to the location of the testing facilities, the cost of the physical
agility test, the written examination, and the bridge simulation. The actual costs for the three
examinations will be identified in the letter to Applicants informing
them of their status as Candidates.
application form, US Coast Guard Southeast Alaska 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), 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.