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Case study: Cruise ship allision under pilotage

The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued a Safety Alert to share lessons to be learned from an allision with a pier structure that occurred with a pilot onboard. Preliminary investigation findings reveal the allision occurred due to a substantial deviation from the planned passage at a critical time.  

Do you know why ships need a marine pilot?

A marine pilot, also called maritime pilot, harbor pilot, port pilot, ship pilot, or simply pilot, is a mariner who maneuvers ships through dangerous or congested waters, such as harbors or river mouths. They are navigational experts possessing knowledge of the particular waterway, licensed or authorised by a recognised pilotage authority.

New Zealand: Update to COVID-19 guidance

Crew changes in New Zealand continued to take place over the holiday period, with 178 replacement and outgoing crew processed in December alone, Maritime NZ informed in its latest COVID-19 update.

IMPA: 12,1% of Pilot Transfer Arrangements reported non-compliant in 2020

IMPA, representing the international community of pilots, conducts an annual safety campaign with the objective of reporting pilots’ experiences of ladders and boarding equipment to the IMO and the wider shipping community. 2020’s campaign received 6,394 reports from pilots operating across the world. 

Risks and challenges arising during remote pilotage

Captain John Dolan, Deputy Director of Loss Prevention, The Standard P&I Club, acknowledges the risk factors that should be carefully considered before the practise of remote pilotage is undertaken, and shares club concerns and recommendations.

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