Today I received an email from the USCG that contained the “Trip Verification for First Class Pilot License” after requesting information on how to document transits.
After reviewing the document, I noticed that on the verification for each transit there is a a line for the Master of the vessel to sign off as well as a line for the Pilot’s Name. When we make transits, we do not have pilots onboard. Is it required to have a Pilot sign this document or is that pushed to the wayside in this instance?
I work out of Fourchon and the only time I have ever encountered a Pilot was when we went to Tampa.
My end goal, I would like to end up eventually having Pilotage in my home state of Florida but as of now, I do not transit any pass in the State of Florida on a commercial vessel. I am at this point just trying to get the First Class Pilot on my license.
If anyone has any advice on how to make the path to Pilot more efficient and speed bumps to avoid, it would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone has input on the Florida Pilot association, that is appreciated as well! I sent them an email and read their website as to what their requirements are. Seems like a pretty fair system, whoever tests and scores the highest gets the chance at acceptance.
Also, I am currently studying to go for my Master Unlimited finally. I decided that I may as well do it even if I never work on it. Steady progression keeps me alive!