Profession ship pilot dispatcher

Ship pilot dispatchers coordinate ships entering or leaving port. They write orders showing name of ship, berth, tugboat company, and time of arrival or departure, and notify the maritime pilot of assignment. They obtain receipts of pilotage from the pilot upon return from ship. Ship pilot dispatchers also record charges on receipt, using tariff book as guide, compile reports of activities, such as number of ships piloted and charges made, and keep records of ships entering port, showing owner, name of ship, displacement tonnage, agent, and country of registration.

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Personality Type


  • International tariffs

    Know international tariffs, taxes, or duties that must be paid on a particular class of import or export materials.

  • Maritime transportation technology

    Understand maritime transportation technology and stay up-to-date with the latest findings in the field. Apply this knowledge in operations and decision-making while on-board.

  • Dock operations

    Know operations that take place in docks, primarily those concerned with the incoming and outgoing of cargo shipments. Know logistics activities relating to cranes, containers, and shipments.


  • Liaise between the client and various transportation services

    Serve as an intermediary between the customer and various transportation services.

  • Measure ship tonnage

    Measure ships to identify cargo hold and storage capacities.

  • Prepare documentation for international shipping

    Understand how to prepare and process official documents for international shipping.

  • Provide accurate information on water routes

    Provide skippers or captains with accurate and timely information on all vessel movements and relevant river or sea information accordingly.

  • Operate radio equipment

    Set up and operate radio devices and accessories, such as broadcast consoles, amplifiers, and microphones. Understand the basics of radio operator language and, when necessary, provide instruction in handling radio equipment correctly.

  • Review ship documentation

    Review ship documentation related to cargo shipping permits, public health information, crew members and activities, and other compliance regulation.

  • Liaise with port users

    Communicate and cooperate with port users such as shipping agents, freight customers and port managers.

  • Guide ships into docks

    Safely guide a ship into a dock and anchor it.

  • Monitor the validity of ship certificates

    Control and monitor validity of the ship’s certificate and other official documents to be carried on board. Knowledge and ability to ensure the validity of certificates and other documents which must be carried on board.

  • Write dock records

    Write and manage dock records in which all information about ships entering and leaving docks is registered. Ensure the collection and reliability of the information displayed in records.

Optional knowledge and skills

match vessels to shipping routes international maritime organisation conventions maritime telecommunications have computer literacy ensure that shipment contents correspond with shipping documentation use different communication channels act reliably

Source: Sisyphus ODB