Safety Alert: Don’t Forget About Pilot Gangways and Ladders!

The following is a Safety Alert issued today by the United States Coast Guard regarding the safety of pilot gangways and ladders after a ship pilot was killed in a gangway accident at the Port of Corpus Christi back in June. Additional distribution of is encouraged.  Safety Alert 14-18: Don't forget about Gangways and Ladders! Recently, a vessel pilot … [Read more...]

Ship Pilot at Port of Corpus Christi Dies After Gangway Collapses: Report

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the death of a veteran ship pilot at the Port of Corpus Christi who reportedly fell while boarding a ship on Saturday, the Corpus Christi Caller Times reported on Tuesday. According to a statement reported by the Times, the Coast Guard received report at about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday of two people in the water in the LaQuinta … [Read more...]

Saddam Hussein’s Former Superyacht Now a Hotel for Maritime Pilots in Iraq

By Ulf Laessing BASRA, Iraq, May 22 (Reuters) - The king size bed in Saddam Hussein's superyacht is made, the silk curtains around it have been drawn back and, in the gold-rimmed bathroom next door, a barber's chair awaits its occupant. But the Iraqi dictator never boarded the 82-meter (270-foot) "Basrah Breeze" built for him in 1981 - and its amenities will now be enjoyed … [Read more...]

Watch: Here’s How Maritime Pilots Board Vessels During Winter in Finland

You know the saying, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade". That's exactly what maritime pilots in Finland do when it's simply too icy for the pilot boats. The video was reportedly filmed on April 2, 2018 in Hailuoto, Finland as the Ro-Ro cargo ship Tavastland headed for the Port of Oulu located in northern Gulf of Bothnia. It actually looks quite a bit safer than some … [Read more...]

This Video Will Make You Want to Become a Houston Harbor Pilot

Check out this video about the Houston Harbor Pilots and the integral role they play in the safely navigating vessels of all types through the busy Houston Ship Channel. As if the job doesn't seem exciting enough, the video is fittingly narrated by Mike Rowe as an added touch. Have you ever wanted to become a maritime pilot? Let us know in the comments. For more about … [Read more...]