The Lake Charles Pilots are specifically trained for safely navigating large vessels through the Calcasieu Ship Channel. The ship's captain does retain complete authority on the ship. The pilot's role on a ship is that of adviser, but his commands are typically given the same weight as those of the master. The pilot usually stands at the front of the glass-enclosed wheel house, where he has a nearly 180-degree view of the ship's surroundings from the height of a 13-story building. From that position, he calls steering and engine commands, telling the quartermaster whether to steer left (port) or right (starboard).