IMPA on Pilotage

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May 2014
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This publication brings together the experience and expertise of over 30 pilots and other industry experts, offering insight into the role of the marine pilot. It covers navigation in different locations, such as canals and rivers as well as deep sea and Coastal waters. Operational considerations, such as the capabilities and limitations of main tug types, are also given.

This publication begins with a brief history of pilotage and pilot liability. It then provides detail on practical aspects of pilotage, such as the Master/Pilot exchange, pilot transfer, ship handling, fatigue management and training and certification. Legal considerations, such as civil liability and exemptions, highlight pilot responsibility for ship damages. Photographs, AIS screenshots and illustrations support the more practical sections on conducting pilotage.

Within this book you will find articles that look forward to the harnessing and use of technology for ever larger and more complex ship types and tasks. This is as it should be, for the maritime industry is progressive. However, pilots must continue to employ traditional skills, keeping mindful of the need to look out of the bridge window while adding the use of marine technologies to their skill set.

The publication contains a large number of articles from pilots all over the world. This is reflected by American articles being written in American English and other articles, in UK English.

1. Legal and Statutory

1.1 International Maritime Organization (IMO)

1.2 National Instruments

1.3 Liability and Criminalisation

1.4 Immunity and Exemptions

2. Conducting Pilotage

2.1 Planning – Pilot’s Passage Plan

2.2 Master/Pilot Exchange (MPX)

2.3 Communications and SMNV

2.4 Underkeel Clearance (UKC)

2.5 Winter Pilotage

2.6a Canal Pilotage – Panama Canal

2.6b Canal Pilotage – Kiel Canal

2.7 River Pilotage

2.8 Deep Sea Pilotage

2.9 Straits Pilotage

3. Ship Handling

3.1 Propulsion, Steering and Power

3.2 Ship Blackouts, Shaft Generators and Controllable Pitch Propellers

3.3 Navigation Technology and Equipment

3.4 High Sided Vessels

3.5 Azimuthing Control Devices

3.6 Squat

3.7 Interaction

3.8 Tug Use

3.9 Sailing Vessels

3.10 Handling Unusual Vessels

3.11 Warships
3.12 Fast Craft

4. Requirements, Training and Certification

4.1 Overview

4.2a Entry Routes to the Profession – France

4.2b Entry Routes to the Profession – USA

4.3 Continuous Professional Development

4.4 Mentoring Training

4.5 Use of Simulators

4.6 Scaled Manned Models

4.7 Bridge Resource Management for Pilots

5. Human Element – Fatigue

5.1 Fatigue Management

6. Transfers

6.1 Ladder Safety

6.2a Pilot Boat Evolution

6.2b Pilot Vessel Types

6.3 Helicopter Use

7 IMPA Strategy


IMPA, The International Maritime Pilots’ Association, is a professional, nonprofitmaking body with a truly international outlook. It is primarily concerned with promoting professional standards of pilotage worldwide in the interests of pilots’ safety. It seeks to fulfil this momentous task by encouraging both consultation between its members and the exchange of technical information with other industry partners and regulators at the local, national and international levels.

The association was formed thanks to the initiative of pilots’ associations from the five continents whose representatives met in Kiel, Germany in June 1970.IMPA was officially launched in Amsterdam in May 1971.

To date, it has over 8,000 members in 54 countries. IMPA seeks to achieve its principal objective – the promotion of professionally sound and safe pilotage.

Number of Pages:
Binding Format:
Book Height:
305 mm
Book Width:
218 mm
1.5 kg

International Maritime Pilots Association

Published Date:
May 2014