7 Syllabus for pilotage certification or licensing
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7 Syllabus for pilotage certification or licensing

  7.1 In the syllabus, area means the waters for which the applicant is to be certified or licensed. Each applicant for a pilot certificate or license should demonstrate that he or she has necessary knowledge of the following:

  • .1 limits of local pilotage areas;

  • .2 International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 as amended, and also such other national and local navigational safety and pollution prevention rules as may apply in the area;

  • .3 system of buoyage in the area;

  • .4 characteristics of the lights and their angles of visibility and the fog signals, racons and radio beacons and other electronic aids in use in the area;

  • .5 names, positions and characteristics of the light vessels, buoys, beacons, structures and other marks in the area;

  • .6 names and characteristics of the channels, shoals, headlands and points in the area;

  • .7 bridge and similar obstruction limitations including air draughts;

  • .8 depths of water throughout the area, including tidal effects and similar factors;

  • .9 general set, rate, rise and duration of the tides and use of the tide tables and real-time and current data systems, if available, for the area;

  • .10 proper courses and distances in the area;

  • .11 anchorages in the area;

  • .12 shiphandling for piloting, anchoring, berthing and unberthing, manoeuvring with and without tugs, and emergency situations;

  • .13 communications and availability of navigational information;

  • .14 systems of radio navigational warning broadcasts in the area and the type of information likely to be included;

  • .15 traffic separation schemes, vessel traffic services and similar vessel management systems in the area;

  • .16 bridge equipment and navigational aids;

  • .17 use of radar and other electronic devices; their limitations and capabilities as navigation and collision avoidance aids;

  • .18 manoeuvring behaviour of the types of ships expected to be piloted and the limitations imposed by particular propulsion and steering systems;

  • .19 factors affecting ship performance such as wind, current, tide, channel configuration, water depth, bottom, bank and ship interaction including squat;

  • .20 use and limitation of various types of tugs;

  • .21 the English language to a standard adequate to enable the pilot to express communications clearly;

  • .22 IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases;

  • .23 IMO Code for the investigation of marine casualties and incidents;

  • .24 Master-Pilot Relationship, Pilot Card, operational procedures;

  • .25 pollution prevention;

  • .26 emergency and contingency plans for the area;

  • .27 safe embarking and disembarking procedures; and

  • .28 any other relevant knowledge considered necessary.


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