Opinion

Pilot cutter total isolation, Dutch pilots have to take unnecessary risks


published on 11 January 2022 855 -

First text and photo by Fleetmon

All 5 crew of pilot vessel POLLUX, Dutch Pilotage Service, came up with positive test after self-testing on 9 January 2022.

POLLUX is ordered to stay within boundaries of pilot station in North sea NW of Vlissingen, in a status of total isolation. POLLUX will be allowed to dock at Vlissingen, where the crew will be properly quarantined and kept in isolation. Pilots meanwhile, have to use pilot tenders and boats, while weather permits, taking risks and endangering themselves.

Correction contrary to our first information: There is no Belgian ship coming as a replacement! The POLLUX is already back in port and has been replaced by the PROCYON. The crew of the PROCYON agreed to go on board a few days earlier to ensure that the pilotage can continue in a safe manner. Kudos to the pilot vessel crews!!.. The SWATHs and pilot tenders also worked hard to make pilot transfer operations possible.

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