Many captains seem to have a personal problem with pilots. Mostly I think it’s the fact they are not one. Never felt that way, I’ve learned a lot from pilots over the years, many good ones out there.
Having said that… You get a bad one from time to time, more often in some ports then others.
First things the pilots do is send a list of their demands. Typically they want 48 hr, 24 hr, 12 hr 6 hr ETA notice. They have rules on ETA changes. Then they give the boarding time and place, what speed then want and of course a good lee. Then in the wheel house they want coffee, one cream, two sugars, (the good ones drink it black), a place to plug in the lap top, a chair to sit in, something to eat etc, etc, etc.
What about the ship? Pilot comes aboard, some places they will discuss the route, some places they give you a little paper chartlet with the route marked. But often nothing, I"ve handed pilots the pilot card to initiate a master/pilot conference only to have they wave me off with a gesture and a grunt.
One problem is that the second mate creates a voyage plan from “berth to berth” but often it’s different then the pilot’s plans. In a river of course there is little variation but some ports have more then one possible route.
I’d like to see [B]a requirment that the pilots send to the ship via email a route with waypoints, (gpx file or whatever) similar to what the ship is required to produce. [/B] 24 hours in advance. Of course they are going to squeal about it but the relationship is unequal, time to shift a little authority the other way.
This would give the ship’s crew time to evaluate the route rather then being forced to do it under time pressure while the ship is entering or preparing to leave port.