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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

Danish Butter Cookies...

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