Riding with the Savannah Pilots

published (on YouTube: on 3 September 2015) -
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Region: Savannah, USA
Categories:
Pilotage in general

Found on YouTube. Created by "FL92002".
Over the course of 4 days this August, I was afforded the opportunity and privilege of riding with the Savannah Bar Pilots for an article I was writing for a major maritime magazine. The pilots are given the responsibility of boarding a vessel in the Atlantic Ocean and safely navigating the vessel up the Tybee Road 9 (a name for the shipping lane that leads into the Savannah River), into the Savannah River, and into the Port of Savannah. The same is done in reverse when a ship is outbound for the Atlantic. In my time there, I got on the pilot boat Georgia a number of times and followed the pilots as they got on large ships, such as container ships, break bulk cargo ships, tankers, roll on/roll off ships, and more. In this compilation, we ride the pilot boat out at 37 knots to meet three different ships: 2 inbound container ships and an outbound tanker. In the first scenes, we're en-route to the first ship, which is the container ship Lena-S. Originally, she was the APL Indonesia, but she is now out as a chartered vessel. She was built in 2010 by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, China. Her maximum capacity is 4253 TEU, or twenty foot equivalent units. She weighs in at just over 50000 tons, has a length of 860 feet, and a breadth of 108 feet. As we nuzzle up to her port side, the captain of the pilot boat masterfully eases her alongside and matches the 10 knots that the Lena-S is making, so that the pilot and his apprentice can climb the Jacob's Ladder and the gangway to board the ship. After that, we jettison away and await our next inbound arrival. The next ship we see is the container ship NYK Deneb. NYK Deneb was built in 2007 at Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd. Co, South Korea. Her maximum capacity is 4882 TEU. She weighs in at just under 66000 tons and she is 965 feet in length with a breadth of 108 feet. Once we drop another pilot off with her, we make a quick turn around and meet the outbound tanker ship Stolt Island. She was built in 2009 at Nikolaev Shipyard Okean in Nikolaev, Ukraine. She weighs in at 43593 tons, is 600 feet in length and 108 feet in breadth. As we pull up along her starboard side, we again match her speed so that the off-going pilot can safely climb down the Jacob's Ladder. The work that these pilots do is quite dangerous, as they have to board and disembark from moving vessels at all hours on any given day in all types of weather. Their work is extremely vital to the movement of the vessels, as well as the loading and offloading of their contents. A little bit about the pilot boat Georgia. She was built in 2013 by Kvichak Marine in Seattle. She is 64 feet in length, has a draft of three feet, and she is powered by two 12VM72 MTU engines, with a rated 1450 horsepower each, for a total of 2900 horsepower. She is propelled by a pair of Hamilton H521 water jets, and she can make 37 knots. She is set up to carry two crew members, usually two pilot captains, and seven pilots. There is a day galley, a head, and a bunk room for four pilots. Many thanks go to the Savannah Pilots Association for allowing me onto their boat, as well as the ability to ride on multiple shifts, interview the crew members, as well as helping to set up boarding of other vessels. In the next video, we'll be aboard a vessel headed outbound for the ocean. Stay tuned. If you have any questions about the video, feel free to message me. Comments are welcome.

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Video Robust pilot boats of Netherlands and Belgium

Found on YouTube. Created by "SEAL Sea Air Land".

These are some of the reliable sturdy Pilot boats of Netherlands and Belgium to bring and pick up Marine Pilots to and from commercial merchant vessels either inbound or outbound. The Marine Pilots are licensed PROFESSIONALS who have a thorough knowledge of a certain port and they guide the Master/Captain of commercial ships in and out of the foreign Seaport.

Location: Steenbank Pilot Station, Flushing/Vlissingen Pilot Station, Wandelaar Pilot Station.

Boats in order of appearance in this video:
00:05 *Pilot Boat Cetus of Netherlands (NL); Callsign: PHDH ; IMO#: 9367102 ; MMSI#: 246380000 ; Year Built: 2005 ; GRT: 228 ; Length X Beam (meters): 25.65 X 13.0 [Catamaran type/double hull]
Video link: https://youtu.be/pVlWGcOLVL0

01:03 *Pilot Boat Raan of Belgium (BE); Callsign: ORBX ; IMO#: 9680140 ; MMSI#: 205650000 ; Year Built: 2014 ; GRT: 53 ; Length X Beam (meters): 19.69 X 4.0 [conventional/single hull]

01:19 *Pilot Boat Westerschelde of Belgium (BE) ; Callsign: ORPV ; IMO#: 9569009 ; MMSI#: 205593000 ; Year Built: 2011 ; GRT: 227 ; Length X Beam (meters): 25.65 X 14.25 [Catamaran type/double hull]
Video link: https://youtu.be/pVlWGcOLVL0

02:49 *Pilot Boat Wielingen of Belgium (BE) [appeared as picture only] ; Callsign: ORPU ; IMO#: 9568990 ; MMSI#: 205592000 ; Year Built: 2011 ; GRT: 227 ; Length X Beam (meters): 25.65 X 14.25 [Catamaran type/double hull]

02:56 **Special Purpose Vessel / Pilot Vessel Polaris of Netherlands (NL); Callsign: PBZN ; IMO#: 9496915 ; MMSI#: 245142000 ; Year Built: 2012 ; GRT: 2,501 ; Length X Beam (meters): 81.2 X 13.3 [conventional/single hull]
Video link: https://youtu.be/70dcuZdQM1M

03:12 *Pilot Boat Pioneer Pilots of Netherlands (NL) ; Callsign: PCGX ; IMO#: N/A ; MMSI#: 245711000 ; Year Built: N/A ; GRT: N/A ; Length X Beam (meters): 21.0 X 6.0 [conventional/single hull]
Video link: https://youtu.be/XQds_uWnjuI

#PilotBoat #PilotVessel #Netherlands_Belgium

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Video How Ship Anchor Works? - Procedure For Anchoring a Ship at Sea

Found on YouTube. Created by "marineinsight".

#Anchor #shipanchor #windlass
Anchoring is one of the very frequent operations onboard ships. A number of variables and external factors influence the duration and location of an anchoring operation. While the type of seabed is of utmost importance during anchoring, soft muddy grounds or clay bottoms are best preferred. It should be taken care that the anchoring bottom is free of power lines, submarine cables, pipelines or rocks.

Various methods on anchoring include consideration of direction and strength of wind, current and tidal stream. Often good local knowledge helps a mariner determine required manoeuvres and actions to be taken while anchoring.

This operations comes under the responsibility of deck officers. It involves the use of critical shipboard equipment and requires high level of situational awareness. The key responsibility of the deck officer at an anchor station is to use the anchoring machinery and available man power for carrying out the operation safely and efficiently in accordance with the master’s instructions.

In most of the cases, theoretical guidelines and bookish knowledge are helpful only to an extent. Situational awareness and spontaneity of the officers, and their instant decision making capability helps to carry out the operation fruitfully. A good knowledge of ship’s maneuverability and the limitation of the equipment involved will further help the officer to make such spontaneous decisions. The competency of the officer is decided upon his ability to consider the situation, command his crew and to assess the orders give by the Master, to carry out the operation safely and efficiently.

Read: 9 Points to Remember When Dropping Ship Anchor in Emergency - https://www.marineinsight.com/guidelines/9-points-remember-dropping-ship-anchor-emergency/

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Video How A Pilot Boards A Ship

Found on YouTube. Created by "Bryan Boyle".

Watch and learn how a pilot boards a container ship before entering port.
In this video, a container ship bound for Houston, Texas is boarded by a Houston Pilot before entering the Houston Ship Channel.

#maritime #HoustonPilots #houstonshipchannel

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Video Golden Brilliant to EMO terminal, Mississippihaven in Port of Rotterdam

Found on YouTube. Created by "The Rotterdam Pilot".

Today, the MV GOLDEN BRILLIANT, a 225 m long bulk carrier came in at sunrise, underway to EMO terminal, Mississippihaven in Port of Rotterdam. We were assisted by two tugboats, the BUGSIER 12 and MULTRATUG 3. It was cold and very windy, but the Philippino crew dit an outstanding job! The only way to say goodbye these days is the much acclaimed “ Corona Handshake” to master and crew.

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Article IMPA is hosting examples of best practice and protocols during Covid-19 times

by IMPA - International Maritime Pilots’ Association - published

IMPA has published examples of best practice together with a letter from Capt. Simon Pelletier, President of IMPA.

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Article An Analysis of Pilotage Marine Accidents in Korea (2019)

published

Since the late 2000s, a debate has been sparked on the most suitable age of retirement for Korean pilots. The debate has focused on the extension of retirement age of pilots from 65 to 68 and whether this will affect the probability of marine accidents.

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Video Life at Sea - Pilot

Found on YouTube. Created by "Life At Sea".

One question that I get asked a lot is : Why you need a Pilot on a ship?

This video will help you in getting to know the role of a Pilot on a ship.

If you find this informative Share with your friends and subscribe for upcoming videos on the life at sea

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Article The Road Towards Autonomous Ship Handling with Tugs

by Captain Henk Hensen (Marine Consultant) - published

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.

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Article "Pilotage Escort" among Covid-19 measures introduced at Peterhead Port

by Marine-Pilots.com - published

According to "Buchan Observer": Peterhead Port Authority has introduced remote pilotage for selected vessels entering the harbour as part of a package of measures designed to reduce the risk of staff and users contracting the Covid-19 virus.

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

by Marine-Pilots.com - published

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.

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