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The Australasian Maritime Pilots' Institute 2017 SPRING WORKSHOP, Fremantle ,WA, Australia

The AMPI 2017 Spring Workshop was held Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle on the 28th - 29th of November, 2017.

The 2-Days Workshop was attended by Managing Director, Capt. Max Stoessel, and Corporate Services Manager, Ms Salote Mucunabitu.

Some of the key points highlighted during the workshop are as below:

  • The Port of Fremantle. An introduction to the Port of Fremantle.

  • Pilotage in the Port of Fremantle. A Fremantle pilot’s perspective on pilotage in their home port.

  • Pilot Tug Master interface: “Is there a shared mental model?” Applicability of BRM to the Tug Master and the interaction between pilots and tug masters.

  • When to call on an extra tug? Overview of a study conducted by North Queensland Bulk ports evaluating the use of a third tug on Cape size vessel departures.

  • Tugs of the Future. A look at the developments in tug design and what we can expect in the future.

  • Safe working load of mooring bitts for towage. Findings from a study group looking in to SWL and TWL of mooring bitts. Floating LNG: What is their approach to pilotage and tug usage at these new and unique terminals? Overview of pilotage and towage operation for this new breed of terminal.

  • LNG Powered tugs. Presentation on the future of LNG as a source of fuel for tugs.

  • Pilot Training. The use of simulators in pilot training.

  • Alternate Pathways Program for Marine Pilots. An update on the latest developments in the alternative pathway programme.

  • Pilotage in Regional WA. A look in to the challenges faced piloting in regional Western Australia.

  • Electronic navigation and pilots. How relevant is it for pilots to be trained on the use of ECDIS. There will also be an update on the AMSA pilot reporting app.

  • Ovation of the Seas: The Ovation of the Seas is scheduled to visit Fremantle port during the AMPI workshop. The Master will provide his perspective on being Captain onboard the world’s largest passenger ship.

  • Human Factors: A look at Human Factors issues for Marine Pilots.

Capt Max and Ms Mucunabitu was very pleased with the outcome of the workshop and have made all resources from the workshop available to the team at Niugini Pilots Ltd. We look forward to attending more AMPI Workshops in the future!


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