Gregg Farmer Maritime Safety Blog
Marine Navigation Safety harbor pilot
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.