Meet Captain Lyle Donovan, a San Diego Bay pilot with the San Diego Bay Pilots Association
published on 27 May 2020
May is Maritime Month at the Port of San Diego and we are proud to highlight some of our hardworking men and women of the Working Waterfront. Meet Captain Lyle Donovan, a San Diego Bay pilot with the San Diego Bay Pilots Association. His work consists of guiding ships in and out of San Diego Bay in a safe and efficient manner. A typical day includes guiding a 650-foot car carrying vessel or a 950-foot cruise ship into San Diego Bay. This entails boarding the vessels by climbing up a ladder, often in very rough seas and usually when it’s still dark out. The Port of San Diego thanks Captain Donovan and his fellow pilots for their hard work. To read more about the importance of the maritime industry, visit portofsandiego.org/maritimemonth
Video Unberthing of a 23,000 gross tons tanker
Found on YouTube. Created by "SMR Pilot"
The "Navig8 Axinite" is a 184 meter tanker. It is in loaded conditions. two tugs are used. The maneuver consists of backing out using 2 tugs and the ship´s engine, for about 2 and a half ship´s lenghts an then turning to port. After the turn, you can hear me talking with the captain about passing arrangements with an inbound vessel, (another tanker).
Article A journey back in time: films of pilotage from 1940 to 1975 (USA, UK and Germany)
by Frank Diegel, CEO Marine-Pilots.com - published on 18 May 2020
Let us start a journey back in time. Back to the black and white films of history. The times have changed, but it is good to know what kind of things have changed and where are the roots of pilotage.
Article The World’s Largest Container Vessel “HMM ALGECIRAS” Transits the Suez Canal
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 2 June 2020
Admiral Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) witnessed the transit of HMM ALGECIRAS, the world's largest container vessel, on its maiden voyage since its launching last April. It transited among the south convoy, via the New Suez Canal, heading from Yantian to Rotterdam.
Article A helpful "Dangerous Ladders Tool: The app “NO RUMO CERTO” from Brazil
by Porthos Lima, Brazil - published on 17 January 2020
My name is Porthos Lima and I am the Technical Director of Brazilian Pilots Association. I have been working as a Pilot for 20 years. I am here today to introduce you to our App "No Rumo Certo". The App was inspired in 2017 IMPA SAFETY CAMPAIGN.
Video Amazing drone video: Berthing a 230m Bulker in Puerto Brisas (Colombia)
Found on YouTube. Created by Guille Rodriguez on 09/12/2020
Using two, 66TBP tugs to assist in berthing the 90,000 GT bulker “Jin Weng Feng”. The port is “Puerto Brisas” at La Guajira, Colombia. The vessel is turned to port just outside the berth limits due to limited room in the basin with enough depth. Then she’s backed in.
Video Rule of the Road: Pilot vessels
by "Nautical Science" on YouTube
Tutorial on pilot vessels, including lights, day signals and sound signals with self test questions.
By Sarah Lovell, Lecturer, City of Glasgow College.
Video Maritime Pilots' Institute
The Maritime Pilots Institute is the premier training facility for River Pilots employing a mix of virtual and real world facilities. Located in Covington Louisiana, we are 45 minutes from downtown New Orleans while offering the safety and amenities of small town life.
The training presents a balance between simulated locations with a variety of environmental conditions and manned scale models of cargo ships in a series of lakes with docking and currents and live factors such as wind and weather.
Opinion Harbor Pilots, the Boeing 737 MAX and Automation
by Capt. Jim Wright , Southwest Alaska Pilots Association (retired) - published on 5 March 2020
The debate is whether highly skilled pilots could have successfully overcome the recent Boeing 737 MAX computer deficiencies. Will this question eventually be relevant to harbor pilot skills?