SeaManShip and services provides maritime pilots service, which is an essential and unique in the shipping industry, and particularly unique service in Oman.
SeaManShip and services provides well skilled marine pilots holding experience in handling various type/size of vessels.
Maritime pilots principal role is to:
- Provide critical independent local knowledge and navigational information to vessels.
- Bring the highest level of ship handling skills to maneuver vessels within the ports in Oman.
The prime obligation of pilots is to provide a critical safety service by ensuring the careful management and free flow of all traffic within their pilotage area, thus protecting the environment. Also, ensure safe berthing/un-berthing of ships calling Omani ports. Pilots need to be able to exercise their professional judgement undeterred by commercial or economic pressure. Pilotage is an essential part of a Ports Safety Management System and compulsory pilotage is considered to be the most effective and important form of navigation safety regulation.
Pilots come aboard vessels by small boat at the most critical phase of a vessel’s voyage to assist with the conduct of navigation in waters with limited draught, widths and variable currents. Ship’s masters cannot be expected to be fully conversant with the special navigational and regulatory requirements of a local area. Pilots also bring highly developed ship handling skills which are necessary with ever-larger ships and they bring the local communications knowledge necessary to work with local services such as tugs and linesmen.
A pilot’s training is of necessity long and thorough, given the value of ships and their cargoes. Pilots normally enter the profession after a career at sea and learn their new trade mostly by mentoring from a qualified and experienced pilot. This is typically supplemented by simulator training which we SeaManShip and services licensed to conduct with international maritime college Oman (IMCO) Collaboration. Thereafter, the pilot will continue training a constant basis to maintain skills to the very highest degree.
The Master and Pilot relationship is an intriguing balance of mutual trust and respect, largely unwritten, which provides an unrivalled level of safety in a society that expects, and receives, the highest of standards from the shipping industry