Pilotage in ports
The task of the pilot is to guide the ship’s master through the port and its approaches. The pilot brings knowledge of the local maritime conditions and operational practices that have been gained through extensive experience of navigating ships in the restricted waters of the port and its approaches.
Tug handling in ports
One of the most significant risks to port and third party infrastructure is exposure to an incident brought about by a towage provider not delivering a functional, safe towage operation. The Harbour Master may oversee the competence of tug operations.
Appropriately trained shore-based berthing crews will work with ship crews to bring ropes or wires from the ship ashore and put them on the shore bollards by hand or with the use of winch trucks. This is a specialised activity involving significant safety issues.