SOURCE: Southeast Alaska Pilots' Assn.

Southeast Alaska Pilots' Assn.

January 20, 2015 13:00 ET

SE Alaska Pilots Have Trainee Openings for Qualified Mariners

KETCHIKAN, AK--(Marketwired - Jan 20, 2015) - It's among the most demanding and critical jobs in maritime shipping. The job is highly sought after but only a few qualify. We're talking about harbor pilots.

The Southeast Alaska Pilots' Association (SEAPA) has scheduled an exam for new Pilot Trainees to be held at the Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle from May 11-15, 2015, announced Captain Paul F. Merrill, Vice President.

"Basic details of the application process are outlined at:," said Captain Merrill. "The exam fee for simulator and classroom time at PMI is expected to be about $2,000 and will be payable to them."

All questions should be directed to Absolutely no phone calls should be made to the SEAPA Business Office.

All candidates MUST be able to qualify for a USCG Pilotage endorsement without tonnage restriction. If the applicant has sea-time that may be applicable (i.e. combined tug and tow), but does not currently hold an Unlimited license, he or she will need to provide proof from the USCG Regional Exam Center in Juneau, AK that they will be allowed to be endorsed.

About the Southeast Alaska Pilots' Association

The Southeast Alaska Pilots' Association was established in 1971 and is headquartered in Ketchikan, Alaska. Presently, there are fifty-two fully licensed Marine Pilots, two Deputy Marine Pilots, and three 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 maritime security.

Contact Information

  • For more information:
    Henry de La Garza
    (713) 622-8818
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