Marine Navigation Safety harbor pilot
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.