DIEGO GARCIA: Harbor Pilot
DESCRIPTION OF JOB TASK AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Responsible for the preparation of the Daily Harbor Schedule for approval by the Port Operations Officer.
- Pilots naval and civilian ships of all classes and unlimited tonnages into and out of the harbor area and surrounding waters in all variances of light, darkness, currents, fog, rain, and gale-force winds.
- Directs the operation and movement of multiple tug boats and pusher boats simultaneously while maneuvering ships into position for mooring, unmooring, and anchoring within Diego Garcia’s harbor and surrounding waters.
- Consult maps, charts, weather reports, and navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.
- Direct courses and speeds of ships, based on specialized knowledge of local winds, weather, water depths, tides, currents, and hazards.
- Set ships' courses that avoid reefs, outlying shoals, and other hazards, utilizing navigational aids such as land navigation aids, sector light, and buoys.
- Advise ships' masters on harbor rules and customs procedures within the lagoon.
- Supervises naval and civilian personnel in docking, berthing, and mooring of all classes of vessels, floating docks, cranes, and barges.
- Liaisons with Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, Commander Squadron Five, Military Sealift Command Office, and tenant commands in coordinating, planning, and scheduling all daily harbor movements of ships, small craft, and barges required to support the mission requirements of Diego Garcia and surrounding waters.
- Coordinates and prepares the Daily Harbor Schedule approved by the Port Operations Officer for the movement of all ship traffic, the transfer of all cargo via LCM boats, and the delivery of fuel and associated services barge to and from vessels within the lagoon.
- Acts as the docking master in the management and coordination of all vessel mooring plans utilized to facilitate the docking and undocking of United States Navy, Military Sealift Command, and foreign-flagged vessels of unlimited tonnage to the port’s Deep Draft Wharf and POL Fueling Pier which requires the determination and placement of pier fenders and docking camels in accordance with the vessel’s mooring requirements.
BASIC JOB QUALIFICATIONS: (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
- Must be U.S. citizens.
- Must possess Special Background Investigation (SBI), secret clearance.
- Must be retired U.S. Navy, E-7 or above is preferred.
- Superior leadership and management skills.
- Must hold a valid driver’s license.
JOB SPECIFICATIONS: SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS OR TRAININGS
- Must be properly licensed by the USCG (or other recognized regulatory body) and be Unlimited Tonnage rated or have prior Navy experience with NEC 0215 qualifications and have had an exemplary record as a Navy Pilot.
- U.S. Navy Harbor and Docking Pilot (QM-0215)
- Submit qualifications to Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for approval prior to hiring.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Maritime Studies (BS in Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture) or other related maritime fields, based on a four-year course of study from an accredited university or college.
- Must have three (3) years’ experience as an Unlimited Tonnage Harbor and Docking Pilot or Chief Harbor Pilot.
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