NTSB issued an investigation report on the contact of Cooperative Spirit tow with Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge Pier, on the Lower Mississippi River in March 2020. The report identified the pilot’s ineffective actions in strong current as key cause of the incident.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Claims arising from incidents involving vessels under pilotage have exceeded US $1.8 billion in the 20 years between 1999 and 2019, according to data by the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG Clubs).
NTSB issued an investigation report on the contact of tugboat G.M. McAllister with NGL Energy Partners berth on Elizabeth River, while engaged in manoeuvring operations. The investigation revealed excessive speed and poor communication as main causes of the incident.
On August 5, a marine pilot fell from a pilot ladder and was fatally injured. The pilot fell while boarding a tanker inbound for the Port of New York and New Jersey.
NTSB issued an investigation report on the contact of the bulk carrier Dank Silver with a fender of the Sunshine Bridge in the Lower Mississippi River, in June 2019. The investigation identified the pilot’s decision to turn the vessel off the dock, instead of going upriver, as key cause of the accident.
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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