I believe that an officer was supervising the pilot boarding as per SOLAS since the pilot only complained about being escorted by a cadet. He would have known that an officer is required to supervise his boarding. Perhaps the pilot wasn’t happy he wasn’t able to start asking for “gifts” immediately upon boarding, knowing that a cadet would neither have the resources nor the authority to provide them. The officer, after the pilot boarded, was most likely tasked with dealing with the agent & clearance papers, supervising securing of the ladder, standing by the anchors, preparing the Suez Canal davit, dealing with the canal electrician/line boatmen, and/or the many other tasks that come with a canal transit. There’s nothing in SOLAS requiring an officer to escort a pilot to the bridge. The pilot should be escorted to the bridge as quickly as possible y someone with a working walkie talkie bypassing the galley & other distracting off limits areas. Also, it’s been my experience that the standard practice of SC pilots is that they will only board by gangway, not pilot ladders nor combination ladders and that both gangways are to be rigged & ready with the pilot choosing which one he will use. To Heiwa, stopping your ships to pick up a pilot at sea makes it very difficult to provide a proper lee for a safe boarding. If I was a pilot, I would want the Captain to get me aboard safely and forego the hardhat. Stopping “your” ships in the canal without any tugs to assist from grounding and all the consequences that come with that? Whatever your job was, sounds like you were way over your head and out of your element.