In general, pilots require the same type of courses as ship officers, i.e. crew resource management (CRM), ship handling and emergency response management, but the courses are tailor-made to the pilots’ domain.

During the CRM-course, the examples, cases and exercises focus on the pilot’s job. In ship handling the training takes place in a specific port and the exercises are conducted with the typical range of ships that call at this port and with the available types of tugs. Some of the pilot courses distinguish between transit and harbour pilotage.

A very successful pilot course is a 5-day combined ship handling and emergency response management course. The initial 2.5-days focus on ship handling issues and gradually enter emergency response training where the pilots experience various breakdowns and other emergency situations. The situations experienced by the pilots are tailored to the specific group of pilots according to previously experienced real life situations. Pilot training is an integrated part of port development for new and existing ports. After the initial studies and validations where some of the local pilots have been participating, a pilot familiarisation course is organised.

Pilot training is organised in relation to new or larger types of vessels calling at a specific port. This has particularly been the case where still larger cruise ships are entering port. Also in relation to cruise ships fitted with new manoeuvring devices such as joysticks or pod systems there has been a need for validation of entering conditions and subsequent training.

References Individual national requirements have to be addressed in each case.

Course duration Variable

IMO Res. A.960 (23). Recommendations on training and certification and on operation procedures for maritime pilots.

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