Belgium marine pilot infected with corona after piloted corona ship
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 26 June 2020
"We deeply regret this but were prepared for the situation", the agency states Friday. "All colleagues with whom this person has been in contact were informed personally and will also stay home preventively. We will wait for the other test results, but we will not fail to take action there as well".
The agency states that sufficient pilots are still at work and therefore there is no impact on shipping traffic to and from the port.
A second pilot also visited the ship in question, but that person shows no symptoms for the time being. He will stay in home quarantine for two weeks, just like his positively tested colleague
The big questions
The Flemish pilots are worried. Some of their colleagues have piloted a ship on which, it turned out, fifteen crew members are infected with corona. Do they now also have Covid-19? Did the captain of the Minerva Oceania, who is now in quarantine for fourteen days, lie about the state of health of his crew? This needs to be investigated very carefully.
Article Interview with Captain Mohamed Rafouk (Morocco), AMPA-President
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 9 June 2020
"We want Ports Authorities to Prioritise the Safety of Maritime Pilots"
In this interview, the President of the African Maritime Pilots Association (AMPA), Captain Mohamed Rafouk who is based in Morocco speaks on how maritime pilots in Africa have coped since the outbreak. He also talks of their interactions with Port Authorities and what their expectations are.
Video The Maritime Professional during Covid19 - Meet Ivana-Maria Carrioni-Burnett
In this episode we have a chance to meet Ivana-Maria Carrioni-Burnett, a Marine Pilot from the UK who works on the River Thames.
Ivana highlights the concerns and fear that can be felt by those working in the maritime industry during COVID19. On the vessel, the seafarers are in their own isolation, or 'families' and then the pilot and other port personnel come onboard and they may be asymptomatic. For the port personnel, they aren't sure if the crew might be infected. Then there are the families - for the seafarers, they are often far from their families and are not sure when they may have a chance to see them again. For the pilots and port personnel, they need to go home to their families and may be concerned that they could be bringing COVID into the household. Through it all there is a need to keep healthy and happy.
Ivana's Top Tips include so many more than I was able to keep in the video, but the key is really community and communication.
- communicate and be kind to each other
- share your culture and faith, take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about each other
- exercise, even if you don't have a gym onboard, you can make weights with water, heft tins - just be careful not to drop on the deckhead! (maybe there's an old piece of carpet lying around?)
- quiz nights, taking turns setting up the quizzes, or sharing quizzes between ships
- setting up an onboard library with books and music
What are your top tips for keeping healthy and happy onboard?
Article Information for Marine Pilots about novel coronavirus by Australian Government
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 10 February 2020
An information sheet for marine pilots about novel coronavirus. Published by the Australian Government - Department of Health
Video HMM - Maiden voyage of HMM Algeciras #7-Rotterdam-arrival
The maiden voyage of HMM Algeciras #7-Rotterdam-arrival: “Steady as she goes” As Rotterdam tugboats skillfully maneuver mega vessel 'HMM Algeciras' safely towards the RWG Terminal mooring – welcoming the 1st of 12 Megamax-24 class HMM vessels to the Netherlands!
Article IcePad, Smart download and view satellite images of sea-ice
by Drift + Noise GmbH - published on 26 July 2019
Download and view satellite images of sea-ice on your mobile device or PC within an intuitive map-based interface.
Article Trusteddocks: Bottleneck at Shipyards and Resulting Price Increases Ahead
by trusteddocks.com GmbH - published on 30 June 2020
This market intelligence allows all interested parties to measure the shipyards industry and to follow flows in demand and supply, enabling shipping companies’ management to make informed, fact-based decisions on docking requirements.
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 Happy new year 2020!
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 2 January 2020
More than 90,000 pageviews in 3 months. Thank you!
Opinion Sea Trials in Stroms at the Entrance to Cork Habour
by Safehaven Marine - published on 3 March 2020
The entrance to Cork Harbour situated on the South coast of Ireland can produce some pretty extreme sea states during the winter storm months. There are two main factors that influence the sea state at the entrance, the first being the ebbing tide, the second being shoaling waters over the Harbour Rock, this is situated at the entrance to the Harbour off Roches Point lighthouse, right in the middle between the Western and Eastern channel entrances.
Video Those Who Serve: Columbia River bar pilots risk their lives to guide cargo ships
Found on YouTube. Created by KGW News. (08/02/2019)
Columbia River Bar Pilots risk their lives every day and night to keep cargo ships moving across the dangerous Columbia River Bar. They work in any weather and help protect the environment by making sure the big ships do not crash on their way in or out of the river.
Find KGW News online: https://www.kgw.com/