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Just a personal version of a snippet I read in Lloyds List today -

EMPA (European Maritime Pilots Association) have criticised shipowners who are trying to block a Brussels proposal for Pilots to have more power in reporting deficiencies on vessels which they escort in / out of ports.

I know we have a few ex / serving Pilots as members and wondered what their views on this provocative subject may be.?

From personal experiences, some of the vessels (especially Eastern European), rather than Flag of Convenience have proven to be in a very sad state of affair, and apart from the condition of the vessels the standard of seamanship in just getting the vessel in and out of port is sadly lacking in competence.

Over to you gents.!

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Occasionaly get ships that are so bad that you have to say something or else you could be deemed to be party to any incident that could occur if not reported. 'Phone call to VTS, who contact MCA let them have a look at it's the simple way for us to deal with any doubts.

With regards to manning and competence afraid just get on with it seems to be the game here. Unless there's evidence of alcohol abuse on the bridge! But that's another kettle of fish. VTS contact the local constabulary who board on arrival alongside. ( not talking a couple of beers with dinner here, talking a danger to life, limb and property style drunk who couldn't make a lee for a safe boarding.)

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Cheers Pilot,

We had an occurrence at my local port last November where the Russian ship that was berthing manouvered into the Pilot boat, putting it out of action for 6 weeks.

The Captain was reported and taken off by the Police. He was 4 times over the recognised limit, spent 2 nights in jail, got fined £4000....but was then allowed to merrily sail his ship out again.!

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In Australia, pilots have an obligation under the Navigation Act to report injuries/deficiencies/incidents/breakdowns/malfunctions etc to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). It is also common practice to inform the Harbour Master or pilots in the next (Australian) port of any such problem vessel.
 
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