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We’ve started a recruitment drive for 12 new pilots this year as we respond to increasing traffic on the Thames.

We’re looking for candidates with a Class 1 Unlimited Certificate of Competency. Other suitably
qualified candidates who can demonstrate experience relative to marine pilotage will also be considered. Potential pilots will typically undertake a 28-week training course consisting of training on the PLA’s ship bridge and tug simulators, training in Vessel Traffic Services and on board tugs and ships, with regular reviews, assessments and oral exams.

This means qualifying as a Class
4 pilot, able to handle smaller vessels - which also provides the opportunity of potentially becoming an unrestricted pilot and taking control of 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 port terminals. The Thames welcomes a wide variety of ships, from dredgers to warships, tankers to super yachts. And now the Thames is also able to welcome the world’s largest 400m long container ships, which requires specialised training. Peter Steen,

director of marine operations said:

“We are seeing a general increase in terminal traffic including containers, trailers, bulks like aggregates and cement, and oil products. And Thames terminals are investing in new infrastructure that is expected increase throughput even more. The new pilots will help us handle the increase in vessel numbers visiting the Thames.

“This is an excellent opportunity for a career that offers challenges and a diversity of marine activities in a growing business.”

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