Deep Sea Pilot


Since 1872 Royal Dirkzwager is active as an independent information and service provider in the shipping industry. We have in-depth knowledge of our market and related business processes.

Per year we handle approximately 200,000 ship movements and we provide more than 800 organizations in the maritime industry with up-to-date information.

Dirkzwager’s Coastal & Deep Sea Pilotage B.V., established in 1949 provides Deep Sea Pilotage services to a wide range of customers thus enhancing the efficient routeing and safe navigation for vessels in the North Sea, the English Channel, the Irish Sea and the Skagerrak. For many years our Deep Sea Pilots have been present on board offshore oil & gas platforms, pipe and cable laying barges and seismic survey-vessels, serving as VTS pilots. 

In view of the growth in our services, Dirkzwager’s Coastal & Deep Sea Pilotage B.V. is looking to recruit applicants for the position of


Job Description

As Deep Sea pilot you will be the specialist in the nautical field in the North Sea, English Channel, Irish Sea and Skagerrak. You advise the master and the bridge team with regard to the safe navigation of the vessel through one of the busiest seas in the world and communicate with the local VTS and pilot stations.

Besides being a Deep Sea Pilot you can also be trained to become an Offshore VTS Operator.

An Offshore VTS Operator ensures optimal and efficient handling of shipping traffic around a particular ship or platform in the offshore industry. You observe active traffic by Radar  AIS, VHF and other modern navigation equipment and closely works with guard-vessels. You recognize potential situations that may endanger the safety of the project and / or shipping, and you take action to mitigate risk.


We require

You are either a licensed Deep Sea Pilot or are willing to be trained to become one through our in-house training program. In order to be admitted to the training program you must be in possession of the certificate "Master of All Ships", a bachelor degree and a certificate of conformity. Besides you have a minimum of 4 year experience as a captain. You are able to build a good relationship in a relatively short time with the bridge team.


We offer

An interesting job in the international shipping industry. Our wages are competitive and a part-time employment contract is possible.

Are you interested? Please send your application letter with CV to

If you want to receive more information about this vacancy, please contact Martijn van der Vliet

on telephone number +31 10 593 16 00.