Marine pilot transfer Port Botany
published on 9 January 2020 - 172
Video showing marine pilot navigating a cargo ship from Port Botany.
Video St Johns Bar Pilot Association
A collection of action from the St Johns Bar Pilot Association
In the early 1800′s as the commercial ports along the St Johns River began to develop, a select group of brave and skilled seafarers would row to sea to meet arriving cargo sailing ships. These daring individuals would use their extensive local knowledge to safely guide the sailing ships across the treacherous sand bars that guarded the river entrance. This was the origin of the St. Johns Bar Pilots. Initially it was a bit of a free-for-all as competition was keen among these pilots to be first to “call for the ship” and claim the right to pilot the ships in and out of port.
In 1890, an enterprising pilot, Captain George Spaulding, purchased a former America’s Cup contender, the schooner “META”. Understandably very fast, Captain Spaulding and the META were soon winning the majority of “Calls” for the St. Johns River. At the urging of the other pilots, Captain Spaulding sold shares in the META and created the St. Johns Bar Pilot Association in the fall of 1890. The META became the first official St. Johns Pilot Boat.
The daily assigned pilot would board META at dawn and take station outside the mouth of the river. After a day of working on the river, the pilots would return to the river mouth just before sunset. In 1931, a Richfield Oil Tanker was the first vessel to navigate the river at night, thereby ushering in a new era of commercial service for arrivals and departures.
The first real pilot station was a pair of wooden buildings built on a low spit of land that formed Ribault Bay. That land is now under the carrier piers at Naval Station Mayport, and Ribault Bay is now known as the Naval basin. The station was moved to its current location with the construction of the Navy base in the 1940s.
For more than 120 years, the traditions of safety and excellence in service have been passed from one Pilot to the next. All of the modern St. Johns Bar Pilots hold unlimited endorsements as First Class Pilot and have extensive leadership experience from their prior service at sea. Pilots are available at anytime, day or night, and often board and pilot vessels in the most frightening conditions of wind, seas, rain and fog. They are among the most intensely trained and experienced mariners in the world. The Pilot’s dedication to serve the marine transportation interests of the port of Jacksonville are in keeping with their mantra:
“providing pilotage for vessels utilizing the navigable waters of the St. Johns River in order that resources, the environment, life and property may be protected to the fullest extent possible”
Video Cork Pilot Boat ‘Failte’ Approaches Brittany Ferries ‘Pont-Aven’ During Cork Harbour Departure
Found on YouTube. Created by "eyeballspopping". Recorded on 2020-10-03.
Impressive to see how the Cork Pilot boat ‘Fáilte’ draws parallel to the bow of the moving Brittany Ferries ferry ‘Pont-Aven’, as it departs Cork harbour on a warm sunny afternoon, on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020. Cork harbour is a beautiful place, with plenty of stunning views to enjoy, while departing for the open sea, enroute to Roscoff, France. This particular sailing was very enjoyable, though quiet, due to coping with the Corona virus, which was managed excellently onboard. The ‘Pont-Aven’ is a lovely ferry boat, resulting in a very pleasant trip.
From the Cork Pilots website: The Port of Cork Company is responsible for pilotage. Pilotage is compulsary for all vessels in the area between Number 20 Buoy in the Lower Harbour and the quays at Cork. For vessels exceeding 130m in length pilotage is compulsary from 2.5 miles off Roches Point
From the Brittany Ferries website: Ireland to France by luxury ferry. Sail from Ireland to France with Brittany Ferries' on our Cork to Roscoff ferry route. Depart on a Saturday afternoon aboard our flagship, Pont-Aven, to arrive Sunday morning. From March 2020 onwards there are sailings twice a week with an additional sailing on Wednesday afternoons aboard Armorique. Aboard Pont-Aven, you'll enjoy a choice of comfortable cabins, restaurants, shops and entertainments including a swimming pool and leisure area - the ferry crossing really will feel like part of your holiday!
Overnight ferry departures once a week rising to twice a week from March 2021
Afternoon sailings taking 14 to 15 hours
Sail aboard our flagship, Pont-Aven, or Armorique
A great choice of comfortable cabins
With excellent access to local road networks driving to Cork and Roscoff ports is easy. Roscoff is a picturesque fishing village with pretty restaurants lining the quay and plenty of tourist attractions including a botanical gardens and a century old Thalassotherapy Institute where the seawater and seaweed are used for healing and relaxation therapies.
Video Maritime Training: Pilot Ladders: Safe Rigging Procedures
Found on YouTube. Created by Maritime Training:
Pilot transfer operations always involve risk, even when conditions are favorable. Learn the essential safety procedures involved in this operation.
Visit https://www.maritimetraining.com/Course/Pilot-Ladders-Safe-Rigging-Procedures to purchase the full-length version.
Article Report on P&I claims involving vessels under pilotage 1999-2019
published on 22 December 2020
Article GPS (Part 1) - Structure, mode of operation, technical and physical fundamentals of GPS
by Capt. Gunter Schütze, Thailand/Germany - published on 30 January 2020
Video Importance of Wearing Safety Helmets at Work. Examples for Pilots
Found on YouTube. Created by "We Are Navigators".
Importance of Wearing Safety Helmets at Work. ...
Hard hats or Safety helmets act as the first line of defense against head injury, but they only work when they are worn correctly. Thus, it's safe to say safety Helmets save lives and reduce the risk of brain injury.