Pilotage

Pilotage is compulsory from the seaward entrance of the dredged channel. The pilot boarding position is approx 1nm NW of Fairway Buoy in position 25°32.9'N 055°25.1'E or as agreed by VHF.
The pilot will be provided by the Port Authority and vessels will not be allowed to approach or depart from the port without the operator designated pilot being onboard. The pilot will advise vessel personnel on the approach through the channel to the jetty and all operations of mooring and unmooring.
All manoeuvring of vessels within the loading berth area shall be performed by vessel personnel as directed by such vessel's Master in accordance with the procedure advised by the pilot and subject to the understanding that in all cases and circumstances the Master of the vessel being manoeuvred shall remain solely responsible on behalf of the vessel and vessel's owners for the safety and proper manoeuvring of the vessel.
The vessel's Master must be on the bridge at all times while the vessel is manoeuvring.
Vessels shall provide food for the pilot and terminal supervisor, (who may or may not remain onboard), while onboard the vessel and shall accommodate the pilot and terminal supervisor in a suitable accommodation equipped with private toilet facilities. The pilot and terminal supervisor shall have access to the bridge and/or central area of the vessel and such areas shall not be locked or otherwise arranged to prevent immediate entry at any time by the pilot and terminal supervisor.
The services of the pilot are provided upon the expressed understanding and condition that when any pilot furnished or designated by the operator goes onboard a vessel for the purposes of assisting the vessel, he becomes, for such purpose, the servant of the owners of the vessel. Neither the operator nor the pilot's employer shall be liable for any damage, loss or injury, of any kind or nature whatsoever, which may result from the advice or assistance given or made by such pilot or from his acts, even if such advice, assistance or acts are given, made or performed negligently.
Vessels are required to have a clean and efficient pilot ladder fitted with spreaders and man ropes, safely and securely rigged, ready for the pilot to immediately embark and disembark on the side of the vessel and of sufficient length to reach the pilot's launch.
A lifebuoy with safety line and self igniting light together with a rope messenger for the pilot's bag shall also be available at the pilot ladder head.
Vessels shall afford a good weather lee and shall reduce speed as directed by the pilot in order to effect the safe embarkation or disembarkation of the pilot.
Whenever, as in the case of large vessels in light condition, the height of the deck above the water exceeds 9.1m, the accommodation ladder shall also be used in conjunction with the pilot ladder and shall be lowered to approx 3.6m above the water with the pilot ladder rigged immediately adjacent to the bottom platform of the accommodation ladder. The rigging of the pilot ladder for the embarkation and disembarkation of the pilot shall be supervised by a responsible vessel officer and shall be effected so that the ladder is well clear of any overboard discharge and so that each step of the ladder rests securely against the vessel's side.
If, in the sole opinion of the pilot, the pilot ladder is not safe, the pilot may refuse to board the vessel and any delay caused by such refusal shall be for the vessel's account.
Pilot/vessel contact will be maintained on VHF Ch 16 or other frequency as mutually agreed by operator's marine representative and vessel's Master.

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