Marcela MARINO
Alumna del curso PILOT
Traductora técnica de inglés literario y científico
Profesora de inglés

The course has provided me with invaluable insights into the ship pilotage.

The concepts, developed in eleven units, are clearly presented. Motivating real-life videos on each topic are included, and regulations on pilotage laid down in different countries of the world are also covered in the course.

Unit one defines the concepts of pilotage and pilot. It also provides an overview of the IMO Assembly Resolution A.960 on training and certification and operational procedures for maritime pilot, giving examples from the UK and Canadian pilotage Act about responsibility for any damage or loss that might occur while a ship is under pilotage with the owner or master.

Unit Two deals with the responsibility of both pilot and captain while the pilot is on board. It also reflects on the importance of preparing and following passage plans, giving important information about the topic. In addition, the unit includes remarkable considerations about the location of the pilot boarding ground.

Unit three presents key concepts about weather assessment and ship handling for pilot transfer by boat, explaining the regulations on the topic. It also describes how pilot boarding is carried out. This unit also individualizes the pilot boarding equipment (pilot ladder, access equipment) and explains the regulations concerning it such as inspection, specifications, dimensions of ladder steps, etc.

Unit four describes the combination ladder (definition, regulations, length, treads, steps), the deck access (regulations), handhold stanchions, and other boarding equipment: manropes. It also gives information about illumination, lifebuoy, and heaving line.

Unit five clarifies the requirements of IMO Resolution A.1045 “Recommendation on pilot transfer arrangements” regarding to the safe approach of the pilot boat, the installation of pilot ladder winch reel, the physical positioning of pilot ladder winch reels and handrails and handgrips.

Unit 6 introduces security measures regarding pilot ladder stowage and mechanical securing of pilot ladder winch reel. In addition, changes to the pilot transfer arrangements stated by SOLAS, Chapter V REg 23 and SOLAS regulation changes for pilot boarding are presented in the unit.

Unit 7 deals with regulations about the use of mechanical pilot hoist, outward opening ship side doors used for pilot transfer, diameter of manropes, rigging and use of manropes. Guidance is also given about information exchange between master/ bridge team/and pilot/pilot station and pilot card requirements.

Unit 8. Gives further information related to the information exchange between master/bridge team and pilot regarding the bridge, bridge equipment, bridge operations and the position of the ship. Details the information from the pilot to the master/bridge team (intended berth, weather forecast, and tug requirements). The unit gives definitions of MPX card and states the duties of the bridge team while pilot is on board. It also gives relevant information about helmsmen, speed and engines requirements.

Unit 9 exposes the OOW duties and procedures he/she has to follow for taking over the con and the standing orders under pilotage. The unit includes regulations connected with the anchor party.

Unit 10 provides an overview about mooring arrangements, the obligation (or not) of the master presence on the bridge, pilotage exemptions and non-compulsory pilotage áreas.

Unit 11 Gives details about the information required by pilots about the ship¿s engine and machinery plant (main engine, steering gear, electrical power, thrusters, propellers).

In sum, a comprehensive view of the issue has been clearly presented throughout the course, which will be highly useful in my professional field.

Más información: PILOT Pilotage – IMBS