Best practice nautical operations: pilot station to berth

Nautical Operations

This section initially shows all the knowledge and best practice on the port processes in question; nautical operations from pilot station to berth. Until you make your selection, the full list is shown, whether it be documents, video’s, accident investigations, pieces of legislation or commercial publications.


Accident prevention

The section around maritime casualties is taken on in order to ‘improve things, not hide them’. Those formal investigation reports –all from the nationally appointed accident investigation organisations– are given that relate to the port processes of the European Nautical Platform. For all other accidents, though they may be as serious, people are advised to visit the organisations’ websites.



The video section also has as boundaries best practice in nautical operations from pilot station to berth.



Whereas a number of documents are downloadable for free, ‘publications’ need to be purchased at a cost. There is not any involvement from the European Nautical Platform in the sales of these commercial publications, hence the address where to order is given.


Research Projects

European research projects may provide a wealth of information. Those deliverables that touch upon nautical operations in ports and port approaches are published. The Platform is not responsible for the content and publications may not necessarily provide for common positions.




The port processes

Bringing a ship in or out of a port is a process where a lot of parties are sitting around the table. Increased cooperation and knowledge will support the growth that we expect for maritime transport. Good expertise in port operations will contribute to safety and thus the economy of a port. Who is doing what around this table;


Port passage planning

Port passage planning is the basis for a safe and efficient port call. It is very important that all parties use the same information: the party that selects cargo and terminal, the master and all parties that assist the vessel coming into port.


Pilot on board

When the vessel is brought into port, everything revolves around the pilot for conducting the berthing maneuver. He/she knows the local conditions; and he or she coordinates the intervention of tugs and boatmen for the master.

Rendez-vous tugs

The rendez-vous for tugs is important. The crew needs to be stand by in time and prepare heaving lines to secure the towing line.

Mooring operations

A clear mooring plan, communicated to the vessel, pilot and line men prior to arrival is important. It saves a lot of time and is safer.

Port passage

Port passage is the execution of the port passage planning. Updating all parties with information that affects the port passage is important.

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