So, you have made it through the initial qualification process. Your application to the pilot commissioners has been placed in the qualified pile with other applicants. Next is the interview process. The commissioners have their interviews in an open public meeting. The Commissioned Boston Harbor Pilots should reach out to also. If you do not here from BHPA, I would reach out to the office. Contact info: 617-569-4500 office. The Principle contact is Richard Stover. There are currently nine Commissioned pilots for Boston harbor.
The committee will ask questions about your work history etc. My advice is to ask a lot of questions. Ask to go for a ride on a ship and observe. See if it is right for you. Also, ask about the pilot structure. Find out about compensation while training. If you are not financially ready to take a hit for your first few years you may want to consider other options. The most important piece of advice I can give is do not sign anything financially. Pilots cannot sell their commissions. There are other options just ask me.
The Commissioned pilots in Boston have three operating companies. The Boston Harbor Pilot Association LLC, Broad Sound Navigation Corporation and the Boston Pilots Relief Society. To date every commissioned pilot is a member or shareholder of each entity. BHPA is an LLC and all commissioned pilots are members. BSN corp. owns the Pilot Boats and the pilots are each a shareholder. BPRS is a benevolent corporation to provide relief in time of need. I will answer more questions on the next post.
I feel it may be helpful to outline my experience in the selection process for Boston Harbor Pilot candidate training. It starts with the Boston Harbor Pilot Association (BHPA) requesting the Commissioners advertise for a pilot candidate. This is currently so, applications must be in by 30 June 2017.
The BHPA makes a request when a commissioned pilot has informed the whole group of commissioned pilots their intention to retire on a certain date. It could also be for a rise in business, although this is not the case here. If the District One Commissioners and the Trustees of the Boston Marine Society agree, the Commissioners will advertise a call for applications. All applications must be in by the posted deadline. The Commissioners review and select those candidates who they determine meet the requirements set forth in their regulations. The Commissioners in turn notify the candidates they determine are qualified and forward a list of those candidates to the BHPA for review.
The BHPA has in the past organized a candidate selection committee to review all the documents of the candidates forwarded to them by the Commissioners. The BHPA appoints a selection Committee that may invite some or all the candidates to interview with them. The BHPA after vetting all the candidates makes a recommendation to the Commissioners who they feel would be best suited for training.
The Commissioners hold an open public hearing during the final selection process when a candidate is selected for training.
It takes time. Is it perfect? Can it be better? What is not known about the cost if one is selected? Do you need to know someone? Is there nepotism? Is there gender bias? What is the business structure? How does it all work and function? How much money does a Boston Pilot earn? Do retired pilots receive benefits? Does the Commonwealth of Massachusetts charge for pilotage service? How does the money flow? I will endeavor to answer these and other questions anyone has on my next post.
The Pilot Commissioners for District One Boston are advertising in the American Journal of Transportation for pilot candidate applicants. The Commissioners regulations exclude a lot of professional mariners make sure you read the regulations and if you live out of state you may want to consider your options.