Deep sea pilotage - Baltic Sea
Below, we are presenting information published (June 2009) by the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) regarding deep sea pilotage in the Baltic Sea.
The Baltic Pilotage Authorities Commission´s recommends deep sea pilotage as follows:
"Recognizing that deep sea pilotage helps to enhance safety of navigation and prevention of pollution of the marine environment, in particular to reduce the risks resulting from the high density of ships carrying dangerous or noxious cargoes and that the presence of a deep sea pilot onboard would strengthen a vessel´s navigational team and improve emergency measures in case of incidents and having considered the necessity of establishing a certain order in the Baltic Sea, recommends
1. Masters of ships which are constrained by their draught and
2. Masters of ships other than registered in one of the Baltic states, infrequently sailing in the respective area coming from or being bound for ports in the Baltic Sea
3. Masters of oil tankers in loaded condition and all loaded chemical tankers and gas carriers, irrespective of size to avail themselves of deep sea pilots, certified by a competent authority of a Baltic coastal State."
The SMA offers deep sea pilots with academic background with qualification as Master Mariner. After gaining experience as ship´s master, they undergo a period of training and simulation in modules for the "Red Card Pilot license".
More about Baltic deep sea pilotage - distances and contacts.
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