More PLA pilots

Mon, 14 March 2016

The UK’s Port of London Authority (PLA) is recruiting twelve new pilots this year to respond to increased traffic on the Thames. The PLA is looking for candidates with a Class 1 Unlimited Certificate of Competency. Other suitably qualified candidate who can demonstrate experience relative to marine pilotage will also be considered.

The candidates will typically undertake a twenty-eight week training course consisting of training on the PLA’s ship bridge simulator and tug simulator, training in Vessel Traffic Services and on board tugs and ships, with regular reviews, assessments and oral exams.  This will qualify them as a Class 4 pilot able to handle smaller vessels and they will have the opportunity to work up to being an unrestricted pilot, able to handle some of the largest ships in the world.

The PLA recruitment drive is in response to an anticipation of growth in traffic resulting from significant investments taking place at the port’s terminals. 

By Jake Frith

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