Sunday, February 8, 2009
A pilot boarded to guide the ship through the way to the harbor's dock side. Local knowledge with regards to navigational features such as water depths, currents, landmarks, lights, buoys and the native language make the pilot an important source of information to dock safely. The boatswain and sailors standing by fore and aft under supervision of a deck-officer. A whole team, communicating with radios, makes sure that the ship docks in a safe and efficient way.