New pilot stations and channel have been established. Details are available at the links below.
While the Hong Kong Government Ordinance states that the waters of Hong Kong shall be a pilotage area, no pilot boarding station has been designated in Mirs Bay on the northeastern shores of the territory bordering Shenzhen.
In the past, vessels have been plying these waters without pilotage service.
'In 1998, there were on average 17 vessel trips daily plying Mirs Bay by visiting ocean-going vessels of 3,000 gross tonnes or above that should have required pilotage service,' said the government statement.
'The then Pilotage Advisory Committee (PAC), having regard to the relatively light marine traffic in Mirs Bay as compared to other Hong Kong waters and the remoteness of the area, decided to exempt vessels transiting Mirs Bay,' the statement continued.
'With the establishment of three additional liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving facilities at East Shenzhen in the proximity of Mirs Bay since 2014, the navigation risk in the region has increased. Meanwhile, marine traffic in the region has become heavier. In 2017, the average number of daily trips transiting Mirs Bay made by ocean going vessels of 3,000 gross tonnes or above has grown to 36.
'Moreover, ships transiting Mirs Bay nowadays, including container vessels, are much bigger than those in 1998. The increase in number and size of vessels including LNG vessels means that pilotage would be necessary to mitigate the increasing navigation risk in the Mirs Bay region.
'In taking forward the exercise, it has also transpired that the decision to exempt vessels transiting Mirs Bay from the pilotage requirement in 1998 was without legal backing, and hence must be rectified as soon as practicable,' said the government communique.
Article Wärtsilä simulation technology creating an essential testing environment for smart marine solutions
by Wärtsilä Corporation - published on 26 March 2020
The technology group Wärtsilä has delivered a navigation simulator and specific mathematical models to the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) in the city of Rauma, Finland. These will be used as an essential enabler in the Intelligent Shipping Technology Test Laboratory (ISTLAB) project, which aims at creating a technically precise testing environment for remotely controlled, autonomous vessels. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in the 4th quarter of 2019.
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Video S-102 Bathymetric Surface Product for a Safe Passage
Found on YouTube. Created by "Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre".
Specialized training for maritime pilots
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada – June 23, 2020 – The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC), a world-class pilot simulation training and port feasibility studies facility, is pleased to announce the release of an informational video on the new S-102 standards on surface bathymetry products.
In the video, Captain Pascal Rhéaume, pilot and member of the technical committee for the Corporation of Lower St-Lawrence Pilots, an active stakeholder involved in the project, introduces the progress made on the development of the S-102 standards. He presents a brief history of navigational charts and explains how technology has allowed these charts to evolve concurrently with the maritime industry as a whole. Captain Rhéaume highlights the groundbreaking benefits of these new standards and how they can greatly improve navigational safety for all seafarers across the globe.
As mentioned in a previous joint press release on November 5, 2019, the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) wishes to promote the implementation of the new S-100 standards to provide mariners with access to additional information (bathymetry, surface currents and water levels) and greater versatility in the display of these data. CHS took advantage of World Hydrography Day to present the work conducted in relation to the S-102 standards and to broadcast Captain Rhéaume’s video.
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Video Marine Pilot falls in Water During Embarkation
We do not put videos of accidents on our website out of voyeurism. We would like to point out that the work of a pilot is always dangerous, especially when embarking and disembarking!
These incidents should be a warning. It can hit anyone out of carelessness.
Dear pilots, please always be mindful and always think of your safety!
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Video Allen Garfinkle — The Making of a Bay Pilot | 8/7/2019
Found on YouTube. Created by "St. Francis Yacht Club".
The Making of a Bay Pilot
Allen Garfinkle, Executive Director, Board of Pilot Commissioners, San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun Bays
Professional mariner Captain Allen Garfinkle, will highlight the role of maritime pilots in waterborne commerce on San Francisco Bay, including how one becomes a maritime pilot, dangers of the job and common myths about piloting on the Bay. Captain Garfinkle is the Executive Director of the state level authority that trains, licenses and regulates those pilots. Prior to his role at the Pilot Commission, Captain Garfinkle was a deep-sea mariner for 30 years, including 22 years at Matson Navigation Company, where he was master on nine of their ships. Allen holds a Bachelor’s degree from California Maritime Academy and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.