Pilot boats, pilot embarking and disembarking ships

Not that there is anything wrong with Whale Boats, but don’t they go about 7 knots or so?

  • my college roomie lost his father to a pilot boat accident :frowning:

Pilot boat “Los 128” moored in Ålesund between assignments:
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LEGO IDEAS - Pilot Boat (google.co.uk)


The brandnew Dutch pilot tender MARE arriving in the port of IJmuiden for the first time.
Photo: Machiel Kraaij www.machielkraaijfotografie.com ©

First in Class, Mira:


Photo: Seapower

A different kind of Pilot boat:


The Belgian Pilot cutter 7 passing Breskens. Photo: Henk de Winde (c)

Yeah, on a good day. I think I remember them having a tiny 26 hp westerbeke diesel engine.


While it may not be a pilot boat, it’s still a very effective means of transporting pilots to ships in icy conditions during the winter season.

You could be fired for walking out on deck without proper footwear and sunscreen (and adequate personal time to make sure you have no hurt feelings) but a pilot (asshole) jumping from a heaving deck onto a rope swing between two vessels making 6 kts through 6’ seas is fine.

It’s all about safety until it gets in the way of revenue.

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The PUERTO PRINCESA CITY pilot boat leaving her berth to pickup the pilot from the outbound Seabourn Sojourn
Photo: Piet Sinke www.maasmondmaritime.com (c)


Pilot boat KIYI EMNIYETI operating at Canakkale Strait (Turkiye)) 24-03-2024
Photo : Capt Johan Trommel Master Deo Volente ©