Bristol Pilots LLP - Video
published on 18 September 2019 - 193
What does a Bristol Pilot do? This is a short film we made for Bristol Pilots LLP to show what it is these guys do - from climbing up the side of oil tankers in the middle of the night, to bringing in huge ships through a lock with inches to spare either side - the Bristol Pilots do an amazing job.
Video Time Lapse: Pilotage of an inbound LNG Carrier, Port of Rotterdam
Time Lapse Video: An inbound LNG carrier arrives at the Port of Rotterdam. At sea, in the Eurogeul channel, two maritime pilots have joined the vessel. Between the breakwaters four harbour tugs (Smit Harbour Towage) make fast to assist her manoeuvre. In the Beerkanaal channel the LNG carrier is stopped and swung before entering the Nijlhaven harbour. While approaching LNG Jetty 1 the ship's mooring lines are taken ashore by mooringboats (Koninklijke Roeiers Vereeniging Eendracht).
Pilot Robert Blonk.
Video Marine Pilot at work in the port of Hamburg
How do marine pilots work?
Example: Bringing a bulkcarrier alongside to „Hansaport“ in Hamburg.
Here the tugboats „Prompt“, „Resolute“ and „Bulldog“ are involved.
The master has to rely on the pilot. One reason is, that he can‘t know how to deal with these tugs.
A maneuver like this is only safe, when the pilot has a lot of practical experience. A master who is doing a maneuver like this only about once or twice a month and each time with tugs he doesn’t know in areas he hasn’t been to often before will be happy to have a pilot to rely on.
A pilot is happy with a master having confidence in him.
Anyway the master keeps his overriding authority at any time.
Does the master have to ask every 30 seconds „What are the tugs doing“? Should he be able to see it himself? Does the pilot have to explain every 30 seconds what the tugs are going to do or what he will do next?
Well, the pilot and the master should talk about the maneuver and expected challenges before it becomes difficult. During a time of high concentration the maneuver should not be interrupted by unnecessary explanation. Anyway, when the master feels unsafe, he will raise his voice at any time he wants to.
In this case the Master and pilot felt comfortable!
In times of corona we have to keep a social distance even to the master, so he couldn't stand directly next to me.
Article "Ship's Pilot" - A poem by Gaylen K. Bunker
by Frank Diegel, CEO Marine-Pilots.com - published on 13 February 2020
Video History: Helicopter Transport Elbe River-Pilot (1961)
Found on YouTube. Created by "British Pathé"
Unissued / Unused material -
Hamburg, West Germany (FDR - Federal Republic of Germany).
German helicopters are used to carry river boat pilots to where they are needed.
Big CU Helicopter pilot talking into mouthpiece. Aerial view from helicopter of boat below. MS as the helicopter comes in and lands on deck of the ship. Various shots as pilot is picked up from lightship and flown off in helicopter. LS From bridge of ship as helicopter flies overhead. CU Small bird sitting on capstan.
(f.g.) Old record suggests material dates from around 27/04/1961.
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Video New Pilot Boat arrives at Dublin Port
On December 1st 2019 Dublin Port received a delivery of a new Pilot Boat - DPC Tolka.
This 1,195 horsepower 17.1m Orc vessel with a 5.3m Beam & Range 150 can reach greater distances and will allow Dublin Port’s highly skilled marine pilots to board larger ships in all weathers.
DPC Tolka has allowed Dublin Port to upgrade equipment in line with customer investment in new ships and additional capacity on existing routes.
Designed by French Naval Architect Pantocarene for both fuel efficiency and performance in challenging weather conditions, DPC Tolka features the latest navigational and safety equipment on board, including a dedicated Pilot workstation in the wheelhouse and hydraulic Man Overboard Recovery Platform at the stern.
Video Christening of new pilot tender "Mira"
Christening of new pilot tender "Mira" - a lightweight powerhouse
Press Release Hoek van Holland, 2 April 2020 by Next Generation Shipyards
On Thursday 2 April, Annebel de Deugd (interim manager fleet management of Nederlands Loodswezen), christened the new Dutch pilots’ tender Mira; one of the lightest tenders in the Nederlands Loodswezen fleet.
Lighter than ever
The instructions given by Nederlands Loodswezen to ship designer Camarc and shipbuilder Next Generation Shipyards had been clear: design and build a strong, waterjet driven, aluminium pilot tender that is much lighter than her predecessors. Mira weighs around 39 metric tons, whereas her predecessors weigh around 54 tons. Because of the lower weight, considerably less fuel is needed, which means the ship will emit less CO2 and soot. This makes her less harmful to the environment.
A class of its own
Mira - an M-class pilot tender - has the same hull as her L-class predecessors but is equipped with a so-called axe bow. This alone results in fuel savings of 3%. In addition, every single part of the ship’s design has been subject to careful examination to reduce weight as much as possible. Managing Director Willem Bentinck of Nederlands Loodswezen explained, "In total, Mira is about 15 tons lighter than her predecessors. This is equivalent to the weight of two adult elephants; you can imagine what a difference this weight loss makes in fuel consumption". The total fuel consumption of Mira is more than 20% lower than that of the L-class tenders, resulting in a significant reduction of CO2.
Nederlands Loodswezen’s fleet expansion is a multi-year investment programme. The fleet includes 15 waterjet driven tenders that are used for pilot embarkation/disembarkation to serve seagoing ships calling at Dutch seaports and at Flemish seaports on the River Scheldt. The new tender Mira will replace one of the Discovery class tenders now that they have reached their maximum lifespan.
Remark in times of COVID-19:
Due to the regulations concerning the Corona pandemic, the christening was held in presence of only a few people.
Company profile Next Generations Shipyards
Video Information about novel Coronavirus from the World Health Organization (WHO)
What do you know about the novel Coronavirus that is causing a health emergency?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Watch this short video to find out more.
Further resources are available online here:
and learn about OpenWHO, WHO’s new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies here: https://openwho.org/
Video ESAIL maritime microsatellite
Found on YouTube. Created by "European Space Agency, ESA".
Soon a Vega will launch from Kourou carrying a payload of several satellites. These will be delivered into orbit by a new multi-payload system developed by ESA. Among these small satellites, E-SAIL. This microsatellite is dedicated to supporting maritime traffic and making seafaring safer. It is part of ESA’s SAT-AIS programme, which aims is to increase the coverage of the Automatic Identification System for ships. This system is a short-range coastal tracking system currently used on ships that makes traffic safer but which has a limited range. With microsatellites from the SAT-AIS programme such as E-SAIL maritime shipping can be made safer across the oceans.
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