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Code of Conduct


In keeping with the need for the highest standard of Professional performance and responsibility and the need for a truly professional attitude towards Piloting, the following Code of Conduct is to be followed by all Pilots is the interests of Piloting Excellence.



  • At all times exhibit and exercise a high degree of professional maritime expertise, and shall use local knowledge and experience to safely convey any vessel under their pilotage within the Port, without damage to the vessel or Port installation, to its destination.
  • Provide a clear Passage Plan to the Master of the vessel and ensure that prior to proceeding with the pilotage operation, agreement has been reached regarding the proposed course of action.
  • Conduct themselves with courtesy, confidence and respect in their dealings with all persons, including the Master of the vessel, port shipping officers, Agents, Helicopter Pilots, and their fellow Marine Pilots.
  • Give clear, calm, authoritative unequivocal pilotage orders to the Master of the vessel, ensuring that the order is heeded.
  • Maintain a Master and Pilot relationship in accordance with the ICS Bridge Procedures Guide.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for any emergency that may occur.



  • Be responsible for their allocated Pilotage, reporting promptly to the vessel requiring their services, minimizing delays. To this end, close liaison with MPTM crew and the monitoring of prevailing weather conditions is vital.
  • Accommodate any changes in movement times required by the Duty Pilot and be available, as required for any emergency work.



  • Ensure that they are fit to carry out their duties, and should not undertake pilotage duties if it is felt that, due to illness or other circumstances; the safety of the pilotage operation may be compromised.
  • Not undertake any pilotage duties whilst under the influence of alcohol or any drugs with the potential to impair judgment and hence compromise the safety of the pilotage operation. Any pilot taking prescribed medication should obtain a written statement from his or her personal physician to confirm that such medication will not in any way affect the ability of the pilot to carry out pilotage duties in a normal manner.
  • Ensure they are suitably rested prior to commencing any pilotage.



  • The standard of dress and appearance shall be of such high standard that benefits the profession.



  • Any pilot who is "rostered on" for pilotage duties shall not allow any business or other interests to interfere with his availability for pilotage duties.



  • When a vessel under pilotage has touched the ground, been in contact with any navigational aid, caused damage to any structure, collided (or nearly collided) with another vessel or has been involved in any unplanned event which caused, or had the potential to cause, injury to persons or damage to equipment, the pilot should report the incident to the CEO or Duty Pilot and the Harbour Master without delay. The pilot should remain available thereafter to assist in any investigation.
  • Should a pilot have reasonable cause to believe that a vessel is unsafe or in an unseaworthy condition, the pilot should refuse to pilot the vessel and report the reasons for this refusal as soon as possible to the CEO, who will advise AMSA.



  • Pursuant to IMO Resolution A 485 (XII) pilots should keep up to date in pilotage knowledge, current legislation and any codes, guidelines and procedures applicable to the port.
  • The use of illicit drugs is not acceptable at any time for any trainee or licensed Pilot.