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2023-07-27

San Francisco Bar Pilot Fatigue Study by NASA

A wealth of information on fatigue and its impact on maritime pilot performance is contained in this study made by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Additional facts of interest to pilots can be found in the appendices. (1.9 MiB, PDF, 136 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2023-07-23

NTSB report: poor pilot performance in 1995 Star Princess grounding

On 22 June 1995, the passenger ship Star Princess with 1,568 passengers and 639 crew members ran around in Alaska while under a pilot's direction. The National Transport Safety Board determined that the probable cause of the accident was " the pilot’s poor performance, which may have been exacerbated by chronic fatigue‘caused by sleep apnea." (349.4 KiB, PDF, 8 pages)


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2023-06-18

Glossary of Shipping Terms

This is a valuable reference material for maritime professionals, writers and academics. It was produced by the U.S. Department of Transporation, which points out that "the terms in this glossary have been carefully selected from the myriad of terms one can encounter in the shipping business." (1.2 MiB, PDF, 106 pages)


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2023-06-13

Fatigue Management Guide for Canadian Marine Pilots

This guide has a wealth of information about fatigue and how pilots can effectively manage it. The publication was prepared by Rhodes and Associates Inc. for the Marine Safety Directorate and Transportation Development Centre of Transport Canada. However, the valuable insights and tips are relevant to maritime pilotage everywhere. (3.1 MiB, PDF, 51 pages)


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2023-05-31

Fall from the pilot ladder on board the chemical tanker Golden Concord

Was it diminished attention that caused a pilot to fall from the pilot ladder whilst disembarking from the Golden Concord on 4 July 2013? Find out in this final investigation report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The report was made available by the ATSB under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence. ( 1.5 MiB, PDF, 23 pages)


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2023-05-28

Healthy and Safe Transfer of Maritime Pilots: Good Practice Guide

This short guide from the New Zealand Maritime Pilots Association has plenty of sound advice on health and safety that is applicable to all maritime pilots. (584 KiB, PDF, 22 pages)


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2023-03-06

Knots, a Study of Marlinespike Seamanship Which Embraces Bends, Hitches, Ties, Fastenings and Splices and Their Practical Application

Published in 1918, this illustrated book contains a trove of information about nautical knots. The author, A.F. Aldridge, notes in his Preface: "The study of knots is always fascinating. To twist ropes so that they will hold and not break is an art that comes natural to the sailor and the amateur will watch him in wonder as he does his work." (10.5 MiB, PDF, 163 pages)


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2022-07-20

Pilotage Issues (article)

This short article from the Standard Club highlights some pilotage issues faced by both pilots and ship masters and officers. It includes lessons learned from two case studies and notes on navigating in South American/African rivers, anchoring in congested anchorages, and fish farms. (1.1 MiB, PDF, 2 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-07-01

Planning and Execution of Blind Pilotage and Anchorage

This is a concise guide for pilots on navigating a ship through restricted waters with low visibility. It was prepared by Sivriu Georgiana and Georgescu Stefan of the Constanta Maritime University of Romania. The PDF file is from the CMU website (https://cmu-edu.eu/) and is for educational and non-commercial use. (435.9 KiB, PDF, 6 pages) See also 'Execution of Maritime Pilotage' Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-07-01

Execution of Maritime Pilotage

This short paper provides essential information for pilots on the limits within which the ship may be navigated in safety. It was co-authored by Georgescu Stefan, Sivriu Georgiana and Acomi Nicoleta of the prestigious Constanta Maritime University of Romania. Their concisely written article was published in Constanta Maritime University Annals (Year XI, Vol.14). The PDF file is from the CMU website (https://cmu-edu.eu/) and is for educational and non-commercial use only. (382.4 KiB, PDF, 4 pages)


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2022-04-19

Fall from the pilot ladder on the bulk carrier Atlantic Princess (safety report)

On 3rd July 2013, a company representative was boarding the bulk carrier Atlantic Princess via the ship’s pilot ladder as it lay at anchor off Whyalla, South Australia. The man fell and landed on the deck of the pilot launch below. This report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) examines the safety issues involved and actions taken to address them. The ATSB has provided the document, which is copyrighted to the Commonwealth of Australia, under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence. (1.8 MiB, PDF, 24 pages)


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2022-04-05

Shipping Industry Guidance on Pilot Transfer Arrangements, Third Edition

This guidance, published in January 2022, was produced by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) in collaboration with industry partners. It is intended to remind seafarers and companies of the vital importance of adhering to established rules and procedures on safe boarding arrangements for pilots. (768 KiB, PDF, 8 pages)


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2022-04-01

Pilot Ladder Safety (set of colour posters)

This is a collection in a single file of five printable posters: 1) Poor ladder condition; 2) Retrieval lines; 3) Combination ladder arrangements; 4) Securing pilot ladders at intermediate length; and 5) The cutting edge. It is courtesy of Maritimecyprus.com with colour photos and data from The American Club. (622 KiB, PDF, 10 pages)


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2022-03-29

The work practices of marine pilots: a review

This Australian study identifies the risk factors for pilots arising from long working hours, the uncertainty of pilotage work, and commercial pressures, amongst other things. Although the research covered pilots in the Queensland/Great Reefs area, the insights should be useful to pilots and pilotage authorities in general. The document has been made available by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. (352 KiB, PDF, 44 pages)


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2022-03-25

Pilot Ladder Safety by Herman Broers (illustrated article)

'Pilot Ladder Safety' fills a big gap in the existing literature on the subject. As the author, an experienced pilot, notes in the Foreword: "I discovered there are many things a captain, an officer, or even a bosun, AB or OS has to keep in mind when rigging the ladder. The usability of the documentation in place regarding this matter is not very good. What can be found online are tales of colleagues showing the accidents, the mishaps and the errors they see on a daily basis." (15.5 MiB, PDF, 48 pages) Please consider giving a small donation to help us grow this Downloads section. Buy Me A Coffee


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2022-03-14

International Best Practices for Maritime Pilotage

The UK P&I Club says these recommended best practices "are for the guidance of masters, their supporting personnel and pilots in laying down the minimum standards to be expected of the pilotage service given on board ships in pilotage waters worldwide and aims to clarify the roles of the master and the pilot and the working relationship between them." The original Word file was converted to PDF by Marine Café Blog with the name "UK P&I Club" added to identify the source. (76.2 KiB, PDF, 6 pages)


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2022-03-10

IMPA Guidance on the Master – Pilot Exchange (MPX)

This pamphlet from the London-based International Maritime Pilots' Association (IMPA) reminds pilots of the importance of proper coordination between master and pilot. Says the short intro: "Each Pilotage assignment should begin with an exchange of information between the master and the pilot. This exchange is a prelude to a successful passage under pilotage and is a key component of effective BRM during the passage." (888.4 KiB, PDF, 8 pages)


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2022-03-05

The Embarkation & Disembarkation of Pilots Code of Safe Practice

The transfer of a pilot between pilot boat and ship presents significant risks that need to be carefully managed. The Code gives guidance to improve the control of these risks. This version of the Code has been prepared jointly by the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots Association (UKMPA) Technical and Training Committee, the UK Harbour Masters’ Association (UKHMA), Port Skills and Safety and the BPA/UKMPG Marine Pilotage Working Group. (498.5 KiB, PDF, 19 pages)


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2022-03-03

To Wear Or Not to Wear (article about pilot gear)

Is it okay for harbour pilots to wear rucksacks or other bags when using the ladder? Kevin Vallance, a pilot, tackles this question in this article from the Spring 2020 edition of 'The Pilot', the magazine of the United Kingdom Pilots' Association. (1.8 MiB, PDF, 2 pages)


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2022-02-23

NTSB Accident Report on Sinking of US Cargo Vessel SS El Faro on 1 October 2015

The 2017 Accident Report from the US National Transport Safety Board provides a detailed analysis of the 2015 El Faro disaster which killed the ship's entire crew of 33. The NTSB came up with 59 findings. Amongst them: "The captain’s decision to depart Jacksonville was reasonable considering the availability of options to avoid Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin." This is a valuable reference for maritime safety professionals, researchers and nautical students. (9.9 MiB, PDF, 299 pages)


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2022-01-30

List of EMSA STCW-related inspections in non-EU countries, 2005–2021

This is a chronological list of inspections conducted by the European Maritime Safe Agency (EMSA) in non-EU countries that supply seafarers to EU-flag vessels. It covers the period 2005–2021. The inspections are done on behalf of the European Commission to ensure full compliance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). (139.6 KiB, PDF, 5 pages)


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2022-01-09

Pilotage by Captain Michael R. Watson (magazine article)

This short article is like a demitasse that provides a good overview and flavour of American pilotage. It was written by Captain Michael R. Watson, then president of the American Pilots Associaton (APA), and published in the US Coast Guard magazine 'Proceedings' (Spring 2011 edition). This file is courtesy of the APA. (290 KiB, PDF, 3 pages)


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2021-10-23

Habit by William James (a paper on the principles of habit)

'Habit' is a treatise written by renowned American philosopher and psychologist William James. Published in 1914, it is useful reading for today's maritime educators, safety experts and others interested in marine accident prevention. James' paper, which was digitised by the Internet Archive, is courtesy of the University of Toronto in Canada. (1.9 MiB, PDF, 70 pages) Read the Marine Café Blog article about the relevance of William James' principles of habit to maritime safety training: The force of habit and the culture of maritime safety


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2022-10-20

Maritime School Assessment Program (MSAP) 2013 results

This document is from 2013, but it still provides a good perspective on the state of Philippine maritime education. The statistics include the number of 2nd year cadets who passed the 2013 MSAP written exams and school rankings based on the exam results. (341.3 KiB, PDF, 6 pages)


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2022-02-25

Patterson’s Illustrated Nautical Dictionary, Unabridged

This dictionary written by American maritime author and educator Captain Howard Patterson (1856-1916) can be rightly called a gem of nautical literature. First published in 1891, it contains at least 5,000 nautical terms and hundreds of engravings. (21.6 MiB, PDF, 391 pages)


 1 file(s)  835 downloadsCategory: Maritime Education and Training, Maritime History and CultureDownload
2020-09-30

List of accredited Philippine maritime schools (as of July 2019)

This is the official Commission on Higher Education roster of Philippine colleges and universities authorised to offer the BS Marine Transportation and BS Marine Engineering programmes for academic year 2019-2020. It is inclusive of satellite campuses. The PDF file was created by Marine Café Blog. (1.5 MiB, PDF, 4 pages)


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2020-07-28

International Hazards Datasheet (for ship engineer/machinist)

This five-page International Hazards Datasheet lists the hazards ship engineers may be exposed to in the course of their normal work — from cuts and injuries caused by sharp instruments to electric shocks and exposure to noise and heat. It also suggests preventive measures for dealing with such hazards. (File size: 61.3 KiB, PDF, five pages)


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2021-04-22

International Hazards Datasheet (for seaman/seawoman)

This five-page guide could be a life-saver for seafarers working on deck. Co-produced by the International Labour Organization (ILO), it lists, in a standard format, different hazards to which deckhands may be exposed in the course of their day-to-day work. It also spells out preventive measures for dealing with such hazards. (File size: 60.4 KiB, PDF, five pages)  


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