Marine Pilots and pilotage are an essential but often little understood principle element of the global maritime industry. Regardless of the legislation and local regulations under which they work almost all pilots are public servants, with responsibilities to ensure the safety of navigation within ports; thereby protecting port infrastructures, local marine and littoral environments, the safety of those living and working within the ports and its waterways. This all whilst ensuring and enhancing the commercial efficiency of the port.

If you are an experienced mariner then some of the subjects covered within this 3 day course will be familiar whilst others may not. If you do not have an extensive maritime background then the variety of subjects addressed may come as a surprise. In accord with IMO resolution A960, the course will give you a broad knowledge and understanding of the underlying varied and often complex disciplines at the core of the maritime pilotage profession. This knowledge and theoretical training alone will not be enough to give the levels of expertise required to practice those skills. That can only be acquired through actual real life (“on the job”) experience along with specialized learning and practical training specific to the port environment the individual pilot works in.


• Pilotage law, regulations and status
• Types of vessels and their handling characteristics
• Understand types of propulsion, rudders and thrusters including Azimuth Control Devices Pilotage and ship handling under different environmental conditions.
• Develop manoeuvring plans & execution
• Understand berthing and unberthing in open berths, terminals and confined basins
• The use of thrusters in ship manoeuvring
• Use of different types of tugs in ship handling including escort towage modes
• Anchoring and use of anchors under various conditions including manoeuvring in congested anchorages and berthing
• Shipboard crisis management & emergency procedures, contingency planning
• Speed management
• Mooring Line Management
• Piloting in shipyards, towing, entering and leaving docks – dead ship towage
• Human Factors and working with Bridge Teams
• Implication of e-Navigation projects
• The effect of Autonomous vessel development on pilotage


This course is appropriate to port managers, pilotage service managers, and those who need to understand the complexities of ship movements within port areas. Industries include:
• Port and Shipping Company Management
• Government Regulators
• Port authorities
• Ship owners/operators
• Port operators
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