Grounding of Orient Centaur
published on 15 November 2019
On 6 November 2017, the fully laden, mini cape-size dry bulk carrier Orient Centaur was transiting the South Channel, Weipa, Queensland, outbound under the conduct of harbour pilots as part of a trial introduction of this size of ship to the port. While in the South Channel, the ship’s main engine shut down due to a loss of water from a cracked engine cooling component, and propulsion was lost. Shortly after, the ship grounded on the northern batter of the channel. The stern then slowly swung across the channel and grounded on the southern batter.
Under the guidance of the harbour pilots, three tugs were used to successfully refloat the ship. The ship was subsequently towed out of the channel to an anchorage. Surveys conducted over the following days identified that the ship did not sustain any damage.
Article The scariest 15 minutes of my life
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 14 August 2019
An authentic report by Marine Pilot Capt. Agha Umar Habib (Port of Sohar, Oman) about a dramatic incident on July 23, 2019.
Article Rope snapped: Marine Pilot accident in Durban, South Africa.
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 29 April 2020
A 35-year-old male sea pilot of the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) fell into the sea from a crude oil tanker near the N Shed Wharf in the port of Durban. A rope of the pilot ladder is said to have snapped for an undetermined reason when the man disembarked while leaving the crude oil tanker which was leaving the port of Durban.
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Article Pilot injured during embarking in Taiwan. (Video)
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 3 February 2020
Video: Climbing the pilot ladder, the pilot is hit by Pilot Boat.
Article Capt. and Marine Pilot Burliegh Oscar Bruno died suddenly on Saturday, January 18
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 29 January 2020
According to information from “Dominica News Online” and “Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority”
Article Innovative rope design improves vessel mooring safety
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 18 June 2020
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Video Columbia River Pilots & Foss Maritime: Training Video
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- Review best practices for pilots & crew during river transfers
- See how to properly conduct a man overboard drill
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Article Information for Marine Pilots about novel coronavirus by Australian Government
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 10 February 2020
An information sheet for marine pilots about novel coronavirus. Published by the Australian Government - Department of Health
Opinion New article by The Standard Club: "Remote pilotage - perspective and risks to consider"
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 8 June 2020
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