Unless I have inexplicably found myself in an alternate universe.
The Master or OOW retains responsibility for the vessel. Including the conduct of the vessel.
It may be a common practice for the Pilot to “ Conn” the vessel directly. While the Master or OOW moniters the situation. The Master or OOW retain responsibility and authority.
Some Masters or OOW. May put their minds in neutral and thumb up thier ass when the Pilot boards. Leaving everything to the Pilot. Which is fine and dandy till it goes wrong.
After which the Pilot. Gets his papers signed shakes the Capts hand and says “ Gee sorry about the dent” and leaves the Capt to deal with the paper work.
Some pilotage authorities may hold a pilot accountable after an incident and a report. Mostly not.
There are a lot of ships particularly those with more complex drive systems where the ship handling is done by ships Master or Officer.
Things may have changed it’s close to 30 years since I used a Pilots services. But not according to the Pilots I know.
If anything they are watched more closely now. Not less.
One area I might have questioned a pilot about on more than one occasion.
Most of the time when I was the OOW with a Pilot. I found the Pilot quite happy to tak with me. About all sorts of things. Obviously the best bars etc. But also where we were, what marks he was using. What the current was doing and why we were on a particular heading. They would happily point out transits, Clearing lines, talk about wheel over. Advance and transfer.
I also learned a lot of ship handeling from Pilots.
For me, It was a long time ago but I think most Pilots appreciated someone who was interested in what was going on. Today I do my own pilotage.
A new guy, you can tell pretty quick what type of experience he has and if they ever talked to the Pilot.