The North Sea can also be very dangerous area for Captains who have been in these seas in the past. Many vessels have crews with poor knowledge of the English language, and no experience in restricted areas, shallow waters, fog and strong winds and also heavy sea and dense ferry traffic, contributing to unsafe navigation.
The Deep Sea Pilot is totally familiarized with this kind of situation and in any moment can give complete and professional assistance while providing safe passage. He helps prevent communication problems with his perfect knowledge of all port approaching procedures, anchorages and VTS reports.
The experience of the Pilot helps the owner/charterer save fuel by adjusting the speed for the ETA to the next port. Also regarding the tide window for berthing when the vessel is hampered by her draft.
The use of a Pilot reduces shipping risks and improves insurance claim records.
Masters are encouraged to use the service of a deep sea pilot but only those who are certified as suitably qualified by a competent Authority.
THE IMO RESOLUTION A.486 RECOMMENDS THE USE OF DEEP SEA PILOT IN THE NORTH SEA, ENGLISH CHANNEL AND SKAGERRAK.
Boarding place is Cherbourg or Brixham where, together with the pilot, we can also transfer on board technicians, owner representatives, register surveyors and also charts, books and stores.
Normally the Pilot remains on board during all the ship's rotation and will disembark in Cherbourg or Brixham according to the next ship's destination.
Upon simple request and within 72 hours' notice, the Pilots can join the vessel in all European ports.