Pilotage Wisdom

by Frank Diegel, CEO & Founder Marine-Pilots.com - published -
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Pilotage Wisdom
Let us remind ourselves every day of the principles of safe seamanship!

Routine, negligence or even inexperience are the breeding ground for every disaster.


Daniel Defoe
was an English narrator and novelist and intervened in political and religious disputes of his time with numerous pamphlets. He later added a "De" to his name, which gave his name an aristocratic sound.

He was - among other things - the author of the well-known book "Robinson Crusoe".

Daniel Foe was born the son of James Foe, a wealthy London tallow merchant and member of the "Worshipful Company of Butchers", and his wife Annie. The year and place of birth are not known with certainty. Various sources mention the years 1659 to 1662 as probable. Fore Street, Parish of St. Giles Cripple, London, is generally regarded as his birthplace.
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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?)
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- setting up an onboard library with books and music

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The video was found on some social media channels in June 2020.

When so many elementary mistakes are made and so many risks are taken, this is exactly what can happen!

It's a demonstrative example of an unprofessional action:
1) Where is the life jacket?
2) No backpack on the shoulders. Use a rope to have the backpack lifted by the deck crew.
3) Where is the rest of the crew (on vessel / on the small boat) for safe assistance?

What other mistakes have you discovered?

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 or a seafarer is always dangerous, especially when embarking and disembarking!
These incidents should be a warning. It can hit anyone out of carelessness.
Dear people, please always be mindful and always think of your safety!
We hope no one was seriously injured.

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Die Lotsenbrüderschaft Elbe ist ein geschlossener Kreis, der sich nicht gern in die Karten schauen lässt. Wer dort Mitglied werden und bis zu 400 Meter lange Containerpötte in den Hamburger Hafen steuern möchte, muss hohe Anforderungen erfüllen. Bewerber müssen mehrere Jahre lang zur See gefahren sein, um ausreichend Fahrpraxis zu haben. Aber es gibt immer weniger deutsche Seeleute, weil die Reeder billigere Kräfte aus dem Ausland bevorzugen. Dadurch wird es zunehmend schwierig, qualifizierten Nachwuchs zu finden. Die Folge: Auf der Elbe fehlen die Lotsen.

Lars Kruse und Lukas Treetzen sind nach dem Studium der Nautik schon viele Jahre zur See gefahren als Offizier und als Kapitän. Um künftig auch den Alltag mit ihren Kindern leben zu können, haben sie beschlossen, Lotsen zu werden. So könnten sie ihrer Leidenschaft Seefahrt treu bleiben, müssten den Heimathafen und ihre Familien aber nicht mehr für Monate verlassen.

Kruse und Treetzen haben den Ausbildungsplatz bekommen.

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Die Bundeslotsenkammer kämpft seit Jahren um eine Gesetzesänderung: Künftig soll der Nachwuchs nicht mehr nur aus der Seefahrt rekrutiert werden können, sondern direkt von den Universitäten. Die Ausbildung der Lotsen läge dann noch mehr in der Hand der Brüderschaften. 

Der Autorin Gesa Berg ist es gelungen, einen Einblick in die Welt der Elblotsen zu bekommen. Sie begleitete die Lotsenanwärter und ihren Ausbilder, den erfahrenen Lotsen Thorsten Meyer, während ihrer achtmonatigen Ausbildung: Überlebenstraining in der Elbe, Abseilen vom Helikopter und lernen, lernen, lernen. Eine Schule, die es in sich hat, selbst für gestandene Seeleute.

Mehr dazu: https://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/die_reportage/Die-neuen-Elblotsen-Gefragt-und-gefordert,sendung1093806.html

#ndr #doku #elblotsen

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