Pilotage is a complex profession, often little understood by port management and ship’s personnel as well as the general public. This course will reveal and explain in detail the many and varied disciplines that are involved in the piloting of ships.

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
• Shipboard crisis management & emergency procedures, contingency planning
• 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
• Effects of Climate Change on pilotage
• Pilot Safety Issues


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


SGD 4,095 per delegate (Classroom Training)
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