Launch Master Relief (Full Time)


Pacific Pilotage Authority


Full Job Description

Pacific Pilotage Authority is seeking a Relief Launch Master for our Prince Rupert launch operations. This position is offered subject to the terms and conditions of the current Canadian Merchant Service Guild agreement.

Applications can be submitted via email to hr @ Please include your resume.

  • Starting wage is $57.25/hour (wage during training period, paid at 75%)
  • Relief employees receive 16% of gross salary, exclusive of holiday pay and overtime, in lieu of benefits and an additional 6% in lieu of vacation time
  • Successful candidates will be required to work shifts; a full shift is 12 hours.
  • A list of the duties and qualifications are available on request.
  • The successful individual must be available on short notice for relief opportunities.
  • Responsible to the Director, Marine Operations for the safe operation of the vessel under their command and ensure safe pilot transfers and oversee and direct their crew on board a Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) launch and at a launch station.


  • Responsible for the conduct and command of launch vessel at all times
  • Responsible for ensuring pilot transfers are carried out in the most safe and efficient manner possible
  • Responsible for safe operation of launch and compliance with International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea, any local navigation regulations or restrictions and the Code of Nautical Practices and procedures
  • Supervises and directs deckhand to assist in pilot transfers, vessel cleaning and maintenance, mooring and unmooring, pre-departure and running checking / testing of gear and equipment and as required for operation of launch
  • Must maintain communication / contact with dispatch to ensure awareness of all vessels requiring pilot launch service
  • Ensure vessel’s man-over-board equipment is functioning properly and crew is competent in performing MOB duties
  • Responsible for ensuring vessel is adequately fueled
  • Conversant with policies and procedures in the company’s safety management system
  • Responsible for general upkeep, condition and appearance of the launch
  • Responsible for ensuring all routines, inspections and maintenance are carried out and recorded as per the company requirements and report any deficiencies to the Shore Engineer
  • Responsible to ensure the launches are manned with crew with valid certificates and that both the launch master and crew are working within the working hours limits set by Transport Canada
  • Responsible for arranging relief crew as required
  • Other duties related to the operations of pilot transfers and the maintenance of property and equipment belonging to the PPA


  • Valid certificates for Master 500 GT Near-Coastal, Marine First Aid Training and Transport Canada Medical required
  • As a federal crown corporation, it is a requirement that any employees are fully vaccinated
  • Candidates must pass a medical screening, including drug and alcohol screening in line with a recruitment process for a safety sensitive position.
  • It is essential that the successful candidate is a reliable self-starter and team player who is able to provide direction to the crew and maintain calm in stressful situations.


  • A federal Crown Corporation based in downtown Vancouver, the Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) provides safe and efficient marine pilotage services in the coastal waters of British Columbia, including the Fraser River.
  • PPA oversees dispatch and launch operations at stations in Vancouver, Victoria, Steveston and Prince Rupert.
  • A progressive employer with a mandate critical to the economy of Canada. The PPA is wholly self-funded, complex, small and nimble. PPA employs a diverse workforce of approximately 100 people.
  • PPA generates revenue through collection of Pilotage service charges paid by transportation companies that access the coastal waters of British Columbia with the assistance of licensed pilots.
  • PPA is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Government of Canada.
  • PPA offers a dynamic environment and competitive compensation and benefits for full-time employees, including a defined benefit pension.
  • For more information about PPA, please visit


If you require accommodations through the hiring process, please let us know. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Employment Equity

Pacific Pilotage Authority is committed to building a diverse workforce and inclusive work environment.

We are committed to employment equity and encourage applications from women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities and visible minorities.

Job Types: Part-time, Casual

Salary: $57.25 per hour


  • 12 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Prince Rupert, BC: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Application question(s):

  • Are you fully vaccinated?


  • Master 500 Gross Tonnage Near Coastal (required)

Work Location: One location

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted via email to hr @ Please include your resume.