Pilotage at Novorossiysk port nowadays (12.03.2001)
would like to inform Your Club/Members
about the situation which has formed nowadays with the pilotage in the port of Novorossiysk.
pilotage was performed in the port of Novorossiysk by the Organization of
Independent Pilots. Since this year all piloting operations have been and will
be conducted by the State Pilots' Service, which operates under aegis of
Marine Administration of Novorossiysk port.
particularly, for the last few month, a number of averages while vessels'
mooring has rapidly increased. This in the long run leads to vessels'
detaining in the port and their further arrest until a financial security is
received by the authorities and as a consequence to direct losses of
shipowners. We would like to touch upon a number of incidents, which resulted
in damage to piers of the Novorossiysk Oil Terminal (Sheskharis). The Harbour
Master always holds an investigation of every particular average, moreover,
when a vessel contacts fenders of the piers and suffers even insignificant
damage, Harbour Master demands compulsory examination of damages to the vessel
to be performed by a Class Surveyor. It takes more than 24 hours to arrange
such an inspection and that is a rather long delay. As a rule, in the course
of the investigation the Harbour Master tries to catch hold of every possible
oversight or neglect on the part of the vessel and emphasizes them in the
formal conclusion, going by the principal to save the reputation of the Pilot
Service, which is presently under the Harbour Master's control.
respect to the above we would like to give several recommendations to the
Members who, we think, are to instruct their Masters accordingly.
Upon coming of the pilot on board and before his starting the pilotage
the Master shall ascertain the pilotís competency and ability to meet the
obligations of controlling the vessel (we dealt with a case when the pilot was
drunk during the mooring operations).
Upon picking up the pilot the Master shall in full volume familiarize
him with maneuvering elements of the vessel and hand him over a pilot card
against the signature.
Before commencement of maneuvering the following shall be discussed:
the scheme of mooring and scheme of vessel's approaching the pier, possibility
of dropping the anchors and i.e.
The Master shall make the following records in the log book: the
pilot's name, names of tug boats, coordinating of the mooring scheme, weather
conditions, pilot's actions, which raised Master's doubts.
Before commencement of maneuvering the Master shall check operation
condition of all the navigating devices, especially, the course and reverse
The Master shall make careful records in the bell book, reflecting all
the pilot's orders and tug boats' actions while mooring operations.
The Master shall beforehand instruct the officers, who are on duty on
aft and fore while mooring operations, about the scheme of mooring, i.e. The
said briefing shall be reflected in the log book.
As the pilot is dealing with/ordering the tugs in the Russian language,
the Master shall request him to translate all the given orders, so that he
could properly evaluate the situation.
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