The Master-Pilot relationship is a complex one. This 'specialist' navigator must be quickly integrated into the Bridge team as soon as he arrives. Supplementary written evidence from United Kingdom Maritime Pilots' Association .. Pilot /master relationships: the masters' over reliance on the pilots . relationships between the shipowner / master and the pilot by their laws and . The United Kingdom conformed their pilotage laws to the provisions of the.
In point of fact, the Pilot's refusal to leave the bridge was occasioned by the need to monitor, amongst other things, such as radar, the VHF communications, particularly from small vessels, which are frequently delivered in Cantonese and often give prior warning of an intended manoeuvre.
Hong Kong, China waters have a high density of such craft. Their movements are difficult to control and their actions, particularly in the case of tugs and tows, are frequently mentioned in the context of accidents involving collision and grounding of large vessels.
Master/Pilot relationship in focus at Nautical Institute seminar
Pilots in Hong Kong, China waters give high priority to their manoeuvres. The first part of this statement is clearly extreme. The second part does not correspond to the Pilot's view that he tried to invoke the help of the Traffic Control Centre operators to reason with the Master over the VHF.
The third part is again clearly conjecture in a cross cultural setting. It was asserted repeatedly that this was the company policy. The Pilot, in practice has a duty not only to the ship he is serving on but also to the safety of navigation of all ships in the area. For this reason, pilotage is compulsory in Hong Kong, China waters and is being extended to the smaller size of vessels in a continuing program of strategic safety measures for the port of Hong Kong, China.
- Master/Pilot Relationship - The Pilot's View
- December 2004
The provision of a pilot aboard a higher proportion of vessels is expected to enhance the already enviable safety record. The Pilot, however, was sufficiently concerned as to make a report to the HKPA and the vessel's agent about several aspects of the incident.
We also believe that in this case: The objective is to promote safety and efficiency to all ships when navigating, berthing or unberthing in Hong Kong, China Harbour. There are 15 pages of text in English and Chinese, diagrams to show buoy mooring arrangements and a plan showing VHF coverage.Working as Maritime Pilot - Documentary
The publication of this booklet helps to show the commitment of the HKPA to quality pilotage services and they welcome the participation and support of all users. As such it should assist the exchange of information between the master and the pilot and I sincerely hope that it goes a long way towards improving the relationship of the bridge team with the pilot. The booklet, in addition to general advice, arrival and departure information, passage information and guidance on buoy mooring and berthing also gives advice to take in the event of a tropical storm or typhoon developing.
This 'specialist' navigator must be quickly integrated into the Bridge team as soon as he arrives onboard and needs its full support.
On the other hand, 'To Master's orders and Pilot's advice' still holds good and the consequences of any navigational mishap always stay with the ship.
So how do we make sure the Pilot is fit for the task, gets the full support he needs and brings the ship in and out of port with 'zero accidents'? This seminar will focus on the main issues from the Pilot and Master's points of view and then provide some answers. When our Branch Committee first met earlier this year to discuss the topic for a half-day seminar, we wanted to raise an important topic for our 20th year anniversary.
Pilots are expected to take care of the interests of the local port, waterway and infrastructure as well as report on navigational deficiencies noted on board so the traditional role as 'advisor to the Master' is becoming increasingly unclear. For example, a ship may manoeuvre into a new port every day but the tug masters may not speak English and traffic flow in the port is in the hands of the Vessel Traffic Service VTS - how much control on their port manoeuvres do the Bridge Team really have?
Regional accents can cause a real problem, as can speaking too quickly. There can be a danger of stereotyping here, but Eastern Europeans appeared to fall into the first category, and Filipinos into the second.
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The conclusion that emerged was that in an increasingly multicultural industry, the ability of a pilot to interact successfully with different cultures, nationalities and linguistic abilities is increasingly important. These include prior experience, perceived competence, interpersonal skills, and the ability to adapt according to the situation on board and the personalities involved. If the Master and pilot have successfully worked together previously, trust is likely to be already established.
How a Master determines pilot competence is often based on a gut feeling about whether he feels the pilot knows what he is doing.
Masters also assess how relaxed and confident the pilot appears to be, as well as his appearance —the wearing of uniform was seen as evidence of professionalism. Several Masters mentioned the importance of a pre-printed passage plan with plenty of visual information such as chartlets, an overview of the pilotage area etc.
Creating rapport was seen as an essential skill in working effectively as a pilot, some saying that the relationship built with the Master was the most important part of the act of pilotage as it allowed them both to work together effectively with the bridge team.
This was confirmed by many of the Masters interviewed.