Welcome to Pilotage Week!


Pilot boats are always exciting and interesting. While their development tends to be more evolutionary than revolutionary, the sector continues to deliver some pleasant surprises.

This month’s Pilotage Week on Baird Maritime will present new boats from the renowned Hart Marine in Australia, to French designs, and from Finland’s Kewatec for Poland as well as from one state to another in the United States. Two are constructed from aluminium and another of very high-tech FRP. One, from Finland, of course, has been built to ice class for frigid Baltic Sea winters.

Readers can look forward to ideas, information and inspiration from Baird Maritime as usual. Enjoy!

Vessel Reviews:

News and Gear:

Recent Important Features:

COLUMN | Required reading [Tug Times]

– “The days when the master could be godlike, strong, silent or stand-offish are long gone.”

– by Alan Loynd, former General Manager of the renowned Hong Kong Salvage and Towage company

COLUMN | Will the Ever Given case lead to major changes? [Tug Times]

– “Is it reasonable to place all the responsibility on the master for operations he probably would not understand, or expect him to recognise a potential disaster and intervene in five seconds?”

– by Alan Loynd, former General Manager of the renowned Hong Kong Salvage and Towage company

Remember to come back every day to see the latest news, opinion and vessel reviews!

Call for content!

Any news or views about the global pilotage industry? Send it through to [email protected] ASAP (between now and December 10), so we can add it to this current edition of Pilotage Week!

We are after:

  • Vessels – Orders, new deliveries, under construction
  • Gear – Latest innovations and technology in the pilot boat sector
  • Interviews – Owners, operators, port authorities, marine pilotage associations, etc.
  • Reminiscences – Do you have any exciting, amusing or downright dangerous anecdotes from your time in the marine pilotage world? (example here)
  • Other – Any other relevant news

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Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.