Marine Navigation Safety harbor pilot
Is it perfect? No
Could it be better? Yes, In my opinion all the best and brightest should be able to apply not just Massachusetts residents. The rules also exclude a lot of professional mariners who would qualify in other ports in the US.
What is not known about cost? You will not be making Masters wages. You will be working a lot more for less money than the currently commissioned pilots after you start piloting on your own. The Boston Harbor Pilot Association LLC has control of all money,billing and the books. Not even a retired pilot has any idea if they are receiving their full retirement share they are entitled to receive.
Does nepotism exist? There are currently two brothers who are commissioned pilots and one son of a former Boston Pilot.
What is the demographic of commissioned pilots. All are Massachusetts residents. 8 of 9 commissioned pilots are Massachusetts Maritime Academy Graduates. 7 out of 9 are members of the Boston Marine society.
Is there gender or ethnic bias? All currently commissioned pilots in Boston are Caucasian and male.
What is the business structure? There are three companies Boston Harbor Pilot LLC, Broad Sound Navigation Corporation, and the Boston Pilot Relief Society. The LLC is where the money flows. BSN owns the pilot boat the LLC pays rent to and it shareholders benefit from the rentals as well. The BPRS is used for those in need. The commissioned pilots receive money from the LLC and BSN. The retired pilots are supposed to receive 20% of a pilots share after 20 years of service.
How does it all work and function? The Boston Pilot office is contacted by the owner or owners agent for all arrivals and departures. Pilots take a rotation turn as jobs come in. It is required by state law that pilots be in rotation in order to perform their fare share of work. Link to Boston Pilot Commissioners Regulations
How much does a Boston Harbor Pilot earn? A fully commissioned Boston harbor pilot earns in the neighborhood of $500,000/year.
Do retired pilots receive benefits? Yes, When leaving a retired pilot is supposed to receive 20% of all monthly profits. Also, The retired pilot receives a departure good will bonus of a formula of the average of the last three years total compensation multiplied by 1.5. Also, three months pay after leaving is paid to the retired pilot.
Does the Commonwealth of Massachusetts charge for pilotage service? No, The pilots are the only entity who bill for pilotage service. The Boston Marine Society receives %2 link here
How does the money flow? The LLC does all the billing and receives all the funds. Broad Sound Navigation receives rent from the LLC and disperses on a quarterly bases to the shareholders only. Boston Pilot Relief Society is self sufficient and receives yearly benefit from a trust.