Corona causes financial impact on some Marine Pilots
by Frank Diegel, CEO Marine-Pilots.com - published on 8 April 2020
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are facing 56 canceled sailings over the first three months of the year, the ports told. The Port of Oakland is expecting 23 blank sailings for February through March, a spokesperson said.
The Coronavirus crises has seen the headcount of unemployed vessels increase day by day as services are closed. In terms of 'inactive capacity', the ship idling is now worse than in the 2009 and 2016 crisis years. Keep in mind though, that these are absolute numbers - the global fleet has also grown very significantly since 2009.
Graphic by Alphaliner
What does it mean for Marine Pilots?
Fewer vessels in voyage mean less pilotage and this means less income for many Pilots. Not every Pilot is an employee and many pilots are self-employed and organised in a brotherhood per example. They are earning only money if they are piloting a vessel. No vessel – no money. So they feel the financial impact of the corona crisis directly in their wallet.
One Brotherhood in Germany reports that the number of piloted vessels has decreased to 20% of the normal volume, because a big manufacturer has closed his factory near the harbour. They have never had a situation like that before - in decades. Canal Pilots are losing pilotages because the vessels accept longer distances in order not to take the risk of onboarding a stranger like a Maritime Pilot.
No Pilot could imagine this before.
A thank you to Jan Tiedemann and Alphaliner for counts, graphic and support.
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Article How to Avoid Catching COVID19 whilst Piloting
by The United Kingdom Maritime Pilots' Association - published on 31 March 2020
The United Kingdom Maritime Pilots' Association (UKMPA) has all been inundated with CV19 communications from all manner of sources in the last few weeks. Here is a condensed collection of information from the UKMPA.
Article Fewer ships and less pilotage: Kiel Canal suffers from corona crisis like many other waterways
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 26 May 2020
In April, 25 percent fewer ships on the German Kiel Canal (NOK) - and things could get even worse. It seems that the exemplary situation at the NOK certainly affects many other channels in the world in a similar way.
Article IMPA is hosting examples of best practice and protocols during Covid-19 times
by IMPA - International Maritime Pilots’ Association - published on 26 March 2020
IMPA has published examples of best practice together with a letter from Capt. Simon Pelletier, President of IMPA.
Article Current status of the next upcoming Maritime Pilots' events
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 23 March 2020
What events and meetings for Maritime Pilots are scheduled? Which events are canceled or postponed?
An overview on Marine-Pilots.com:
Article Because of Corona Embargo? Navy boat rams German cruise liner off Venezuela - and sinks
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 3 April 2020
A patrol boat of the Navy of Venezuela sank in international waters after apparently shooting and ramming a German cruise ship. Allegedly the "Resolute" was to be diverted off course.
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'HMM Algeciras' at its second Asian port destination; HPNT in Busan New Port Steadily filling up around Asian ports prior to her transit westbound towards N. Europe
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Six leading Ports join forces to show the world their Smart Port model
Article The Road Towards Autonomous Ship Handling with Tugs
by Captain Henk Hensen (Marine Consultant) - published on 5 November 2019
Currently, several means of transport are undergoing an accelerated development towards automation and automated movements. This development will also impact future ship handling with tugs. A glimpse into the future of tug boat operation.
Video History: Pilot Ahoy! (1940). A pathetone special
The good old times: 1940. Found on YouTube. Created by "British Pathé"
Titles read: "PILOT AHOY! A PATHETONE SPECIAL"
New York, United States of America.
Good aerial views of dozens of merchant ships entering New York's harbour. Various shots of life aboard a New York pilot cutter. The pilot is rowed out to a merchant ship, goes aboard and then is picked up again. Apprentice pilots on board a training ship scrub the decks, lower a rowing boat over the side and study charts with a senior pilot to become familiar with the harbour.
A pilot boards a luxury liner. Good shots of the New York skyline as the pilot issues instructions to take the liner out of the harbour. He is collected by a launch. General view of a pilot ship on the water.