Port of Townsville to expand pilot boat fleet

The Port of Townsville, northern Australia’s largest multi-cargo port, is expanding its fleet of pilot boats to four. The Port has awarded Hart Marine a $3 million contract to build a 17.3m ORC vessel that is due for delivery later in 2020. The new high-tech vessel will be slightly longer but have the same design features as the PV Osprey which was delivered by Hart Marine in late 2017. Read more...

Death of Pilot Dennis Sherwood: IMPA President statement to IMO. New photos of Maersk Kensington.

IMPA President makes a statement to IMO on January 17th regarding the passing of Captain Dennis Sherwood. A letter to IMO was published via Twitter today. Read more...

P&O Maritime Logistics taking over pilotage operations in Jebel Ali and Port Rashid (UAE)

P&O Maritime Logistics officially taking over the pilotage operations for the ports of Jebel Ali and Port Rashid in the UAE.Topaz Energy and Marine has merged with P&O Maritime and become P&O Maritime Logistics. Jebel Ali Pilots are now members of ISPO | International Standard for maritime Pilot Organizations. Read more...

Compulsory pilotage in force to and from Shenzhen's Yantian terminal

Compulsory pilotage will now be required for dry cargo and passenger vessels over 3,000 gross tonnes and tankers of 1,000 gross tonnes transiting eastern Hong Kong waters to and from the area of Yantian Container Terminals and Dapeng LNG Terminals, according to a Hong Kong Government Ordinance. Read more...

Container Ship hits Mooring Boat in Italy

According to a report today by www.MaritimeBulletin.net a mooring boat was rammed from a container ship and sunk. Read more...

A helpful "Dangerous Ladders Tool: The app “NO RUMO CERTO” from Brazil

My name is Porthos Lima and I am the Technical Director of Brazilian Pilots Association. I have been working as a Pilot for 20 years. I am here today to introduce you to our App "No Rumo Certo". The App was inspired in 2017 IMPA SAFETY CAMPAIGN. Read more...

Is the 26,000 TEU container vessel coming now?

The last month Jan Tiedemann from Alphaliner (BRS) in Hamburg has reported, that DNV GL has awarded Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding (group) Co., Ltd. an approval in principle for the design of an LNG-powered 25,000 TEU container vessel. Based upon the reported vessel dimensions, he reckons that the ship could actually have a capacity closer to 26,000 TEU. Read more...

1,000 ways to secure a Pilot Ladder

From that moment on I have been keeping a tally of the non compliant boarding arrangements I see in front of me on a daily base, and off course I participate in the annual safety campaign, conducted by IMPA each october. Read more...

Pilot Boat for the Pacific Pilotage Authority

Ocean Pacific Marine of Vancouver Island BC have been awarded a contract to build and deliver a state of the art 19.9m Pilot Boat for the Pacific Pilotage Authority. The new craft will be all-aluminium construction and built to Lloyd’s Class in accordance with Transport Canada regulations. Designed by Camarc from their Scotland office, this vessel represents the latest in cutting edge pilot boat technology. Read more...

Securing pilot ladders at intermediate lengths

Over the past few years a number of pilot transfer accidents have occurred resulting from total failure of the side ropes, one school of thought is that the methods of securing a pilot ladder is a factor in such occurrences. Read more...

In Memoriam of Captain Dennis R. Sherwood (1955 - 2019)

Ladders are the bridges for crossing the rough seas of our lives. When you are a Marine Pilot at work, hoping and praying that the ladders which let you embark the vessel are stable, safe and not dangerous. In Memoriam of the late Captain Dennis Sherwood who passed away on Monday the 30th of December. Read more...

Happy new year 2020!

More than 90,000 pageviews in 3 months. Thank you! Read more...

ARMSTRONG MARINE COMPLETES NAIAD PILOT BOAT BOUND FOR MEXICO

Armstrong Marine USA recently delivered Piloto VIII to support marine pilotage operations in and around the Port of Manzanillo, Mexico. Read more...

The conditions for recruiting pilots for the Le Havre station are changing.

The three main french pilotage stations in the Channel - North Sea have changed their recruitment conditions for taking a pilotage examination. Read more...

Sandy Hook pilot Dennis Sherwood has died after falling during embarking

A pilot of Sandy Hook, Dennis Sherwood fell off a ladder while boarding a ship today at 4:30 a.m. and died of his serious injury in Staten Island hospital. Read more...

Colombo Dockyard delivers two pilot launches built for Sri Lanka Ports Authority

Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) at a ceremony held on Monday delivered two Pilot Launches as per an Agreement signed with Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) on 1st February 2019. Read more...

Interview with Marine Pilot Esil Abibula: Crossing the Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage is the approximately 5780 km long sea route that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean north of the American continent. It crosses the Arctic Ocean and its marginal seas as well as the associated sea lanes through the Canadian-Arctic archipel ago. Roald Amundsen made his first complete successfully crossing in 1903-1906 via the route discovered by John Rae through the James Ross Strait, Rae Strait and Simpson Strait on the small ship Gjøa. Read more...

Product Pirates risk the lives of Marine Pilots!

PTR Holland® are aware that certain parties have copied and supply, low-quality imitations of our rope ladders through several ship-chandlers in Rotterdam, Houston, Greece and in Turkey. Read more...

Pilot Embarkation platforms

During the transit time on the pilot launch between the shore and the vessel, marine pilots will spend at least a portion of that time carrying out (either consciously or subconsciously) a risk assessment of the forthcoming operation. Read more...

LYMAN-MORSE ANNOUNCES BALTIC WORKBOATS PARTNERSHIP

Since 1978 Lyman-Morse has built more than 110 vessels, ranging from aluminum workboats to high-end composite racing yachts and luxury power yachts. “Their experience with so many different building materials opens up a world of new possibilities for our vessels,” says Baltic Workboats’ CEO Margus Vanaselja. Read more...

#dangerousladders - Using social media to improve pilot transfer safety.

It remains a sad fact that accidents and near misses continue to occur during pilot transfers with frightening regularity. Most of these fortunately do not result in injury, and a surprisingly high number of them are not even recognised for what they are. Surveys into pilot ladder safety consistently reveal that unacceptably high numbers of pilot transfer arrangements are not compliant with the regulations. Read more...

Maritime Pilot Tribute

One of the most grandiose video about Marine Pilots' work. Must see! Read more...

NEW PILOT BOAT DPC TOLKA ARRIVES IN DUBLIN PORT

Dublin Port Company has taken delivery of a new Pilot Boat, named DPC Tolka. The state-of-the art vessel arrived in Dublin Port having set sail from Great Yarmouth via Lowestoft, Dover, Gosport, Plymouth, Falmouth and Milford Haven. Read more...

Marine-Pilots.com says thank you for more than 44,000 page views in 7 weeks!

It all started with the idea and vision of a large community of Marine Pilots, bringing people and organisations together. A web portal that gathers all the information for the pilot industry, makes all the stakeholders visible and gives the world's pilots an opportunity to exchange ideas among themselves. Read more...

Sixth High-Speed Launch for Delta Pilots

Delta Launch Services has ordered a new pilot boat from Gladding Hearn Shipbuilding (Duclos Corporation). This is the sixth St. John’s Class launch built by the Somerset, Mass. shipyard. Delivery of the new 52-footer is scheduled for July 2020. Read more...

‘Smart Ports. Piers of the future' brings together six large ports

For the first time, the ports of Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Montreal and Rotterdam come together to showcase their most advanced digital transformation and sustainability projects at their dedicated ‘Smart Ports’ exhibit Read more...

TWO NEW METAL SHARK PILOT BOATS NOW SERVING PORT OF NEW ORLEANS

Jeanerette, LA – November 14th, 2019: Shipbuilder Metal Shark has delivered two new pilot boats to New Orleans-based operator Belle Chasse Marine Transportation, LLC (BCMT). Read more...

Pilot transfer arrangements by AMSA

This notice reminds shipowners, operators, masters, crews, recognised organisations, marine pilots and pilotage providers of the obligation to provide safe pilot transfer arrangements. Read more...

Report on the collision on 8 November 2018 between the frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad and the oil tanker Sola TS

Part one report on the collision on 8 November 2018 between the frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad and the oil tanker Sola TS outside the Sture Terminal in the Hjeltefjord in Hordaland county Read more...

Safe working with harbour cranes

To minimize the risk of a vessel allision with a terminal gantry crane, the American Harbor and Docking Pilots Association recommends that all terminal operators with gantry cranes adopt the following Best Practices. Read more...

The Road Towards Autonomous Ship Handling with Tugs

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. Read more...

The difficulty of finding marine pilot-specific information on the Internet

Who is a pilot and how do I find information about this great job on the Internet? Read more...

Maritime Big Data in Demand - Vessels on a Map Is No Longer Cutting It

In the last couple of years several paid as well as free tools have made it easier than ever to access vessels on a map. Although vessels shown on a map have their place, authorities and industry are understanding the greater potential and value of the underlying AIS data. Read more...

Electronic Chart Standards: IHO ECDIS and ENC

Found on YouTube: Tom Mellor - C​hairman of the IHO Electronic Navigational Chart Working Group (ENC WG) and Head of Digital Standards at the UKHO - explains what the IHO's ECDIS and ENC Standards mean. Read more...

Command or Control?

“Piloting the vessels was there since there was a sea transportation” This is one of the most popular and might be most proud phrase for pilots. During the maritime history, piloting the vessels evolved in many aspects, however main core is never changed; trustworthy colleague from neighbourhood will be close by for safe passage. Read more...

Origins of the IMPA pilot mark

There are many things in both our everyday and professional lives which we take for granted and never question the origins of, an example of this might be the IMPA recommended ‘pilot mark or pilot line’, which is sometimes seen on the side of vessels indicating where a vessels freeboard exceeds 9 metres. Read more...

The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre Delivers Joint Training to Houston Pilots and G&H Towing Tug Masters

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Safer shipping over ice

Every ship transporting goods to, from or through the Arctic wants to find the fastest and safest way through or around the ice. Even service ice breakers save considerable amounts of time and fuel when they choose an easy path through the ice opposed to a straight path. Read more...

A contempt for pilot safety and total disregard for the contents of the SOLAS Convention.

Tuesday, October 1st is the start date of the latest International Maritime Pilot Association's annual Safety Campaign. Previous campaigns by the association have consistently shown results of pilot ladder deficiencies around the 20% mark. Read more...

Pilot Transfer Arrangements

Most pilot embarkations and disembarkations around the world, are still carried out using a traditional pilot ladder, consisting of wooden steps supported and secured by side ropes. Read more...

Shiphandling at shipyards, never a dull moment...

Drydocking or undocking is always a difficult task, particularly with a “dead” vessel (no power/propulsion) and the wind blowing on the ship's side. Read more...

Tonci Regjo: Split Harbour Pilot

Text and photos by Tonci Regjo Pilot for the Split Harbour Read more...

Who is a Marine Pilot? Comment by Reshma Niofer Naha

Comment and photos by Reshma Nilofer Naha India's first female Marine Pilot (Kalkata Port Trust) Read more...

#DangerousLadders on Facebook

A valuable campaign managed by Chris Young, Kevin Vallance and others, which we found on Facebook . Read more...

Safe through polar waters with NAUTITEC

NAUTITEC conducts Basic and Advanced Polar Code Trainings Read more...

German pilots establish the "Pilot Information Assistant - PIA" project

The PIA project of German pilots is a great maritime success story and ensures greater safety and efficiency on German shipping routes. Thus, with no exceptions, all of the approx. 890 German maritime and port traffic controllers could be gathered for use of the PIA system and its PPU. Read more...

Support hashtag #MarinePilots

To better bundle all articles and messages about Marine / Maritime Pilots I would like to suggest the Hashtag #MARINEPILOTS. We can use it well here on LinkedIn, but also for other social media like Twitter. Read more...

Photographer Michela Canalis becomes Partner of Marine-Pilots.com

Announcement from www.Marine-Pilots.com: Read more...

Pilots and ship´s Captains

Lately there has been a considerable increase in opinions of seagoing ship´s masters complaining about pilotage services, expressed whether as LinkedIn articles and comments or in some reputable industry magazines. Read more...

Send us links of interesting articles

If you wrote an interesting article yourself or made great photos or video recordings that you would like to make permanently accessible to the large Marine Pilots Community here, send it to us! Read more...

The use of helmets... or “Why Do Pilots Not Wear Helmets?”

photo and article by Luis Vale, Portugal Read more...

The scariest 15 minutes of my life

An authentic report by Marine Pilot Capt. Agha Umar Habib (Port of Sohar, Oman) about a dramatic incident on July 23, 2019. Read more...

IcePad, Smart download and view satellite images of sea-ice

Download and view satellite images of sea-ice on your mobile device or PC within an intuitive map-based interface. Read more...

How AIS Works - Operation of AIS

The term Automatic Identification System (AIS) refers to a radio system that improves the safety and guidance of vessel traffic by exchanging navigation and other vessel data. Read more...

Danish Butter Cookies...

Why “Danish Butter Cookies” are a part of the standard navigational equipment… Read more...

The magnetic north pole migration - What a Pilot should know

The Arctic magnetic pole does not move anymore. It runs, faster and faster. In recent years, even faster than expected. Therefore, geo-researchers have now had an unscheduled change to their world model and adjust their calculations, so that navigation with compass and other navigation aids such as a Pilot Plug, used by pilots around the world, continue to work. Read more...

Ship ahoy! Using AIS data

How LUXSPACE uses AIS messages to monitor worldwide shipping traffic Read more...