North P&I Club publishes definitive new guidance on maritime pilotage

Associations, P and I Clubs, Safety and Security — By on September 1, 2015 at 11:20 AM

North PI club logo (1)North P&I Club has joined forces with the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) and the UK Maritime Pilots’ Association (UKMPA) to produce guidance and advice for the shipping industry on navigating with a pilot on board. The first document, covering the critical master-pilot information exchange, is published today (1 September 2015).

The guidance is being produced as part of the 170 million GT, ‘A’ rated club’s popular range of loss prevention briefings and are freely available online at North’s website at www.nepia.com, the IMPA website at www.impahq.org and the UKMPA website at www.ukmpa.org.

North loss prevention executive Simon MacLeod says, ‘Investigations into a number of our recent high-value admiralty claims found that contributing factors included a breakdown in communications between the pilot and bridge team, a failure to discuss and understand the proposed voyage plan, and failure to share critical information. Through this unique collaboration with IMPA and UKMPA, we have been able to share our knowledge and experience to develop clear guidance which we hope will assist both pilots and bridge teams.’

UKMPA chairman Don Cockrill says, ‘All ship masters and pilots are aware of the paramount importance of conducting appropriate master-pilot exchanges before and during passages under pilotage. However, the content and relevance are often overlooked, especially on smaller ships or on ships that call frequently at the same port. This guide is relevant to masters and bridge teams on all ships regardless of size, type or trade’.

IMPA secretary general Nick Cutmore says, ‘I believe these guidelines will be invaluable for our members and for the shipping industry as a whole.  I would also like to give credit to North for undertaking this initiative. Such collaboration is invaluable and we have worked with the Club for many years on these useful areas of work.’

The first briefing on the master-pilot exchange covers the information which should be conveyed during the initial discussions between the bridge team and the pilot. ‘Only through the sharing of critical information relating to the characteristics and equipment of the vessel and the intended manoeuvres can a mutually agreed and understood plan, which ensures the safe movement of the vessel, be developed and implemented, ’ says MacLeod.

It is the latest in a series of industry collaborations undertaken by North. Other examples include an online Maritime Threats and Incidents service with Gray Page, the First Call US medical treatment service with Hudson Tactix and Shuman Consulting Services, and pre-employment medical schemes with leading clinics in the Philippines and Ukraine. Many of the club’s loss prevention publications are also co-authored with leading industry authorities.

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1.  North is a leading global marine insurer providing P&I, FD&D, war risks and ancillary insurance to 127 million GT of owned tonnage on a mutual basis and 43 million GT of chartered tonnage. Through its guaranteed subsidiary Sunderland Marine, North is also a leading insurer of fishing vessels, small craft and aquaculture risks. The ‘A’ rated Club is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK with regional offices in Greece, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, and Sunderland Marine offices worldwide. North is a leading member of the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG), with 11.6% of the IG’s owned tonnage. The 13 IG clubs provide liability cover for approximately 90% of the world’s ocean-going tonnage and, as a member of the IG, North protects and promotes the interests of the international shipping industry.

2. IMPA represents over 8, 000 pilot members in 63 associations across 54 countries. Based in London, UK on the HQS Wellington, it aims to promote professionally sound and safe pilotage through bringing together the world’s pilots’ associations and through its accredited consultative membership of the International Maritime Organization.

3. UKMPA is the representative professional body for authorised pilots in the UK. The Association works closely with the UK government and shipping industry on standards and training in maritime pilotage, and is affiliated to IMPA and the European Maritime Pilots’ Association (EMPA).

www.nepia.com/media/252422/LP-Briefing-Ships-Master-Pilot-Exchange.PDF

 

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