expected to fully conversant with the specialnavigational and regulatory requirements of an area.Pilots also bring highly developed shiphandling skillswhich are necessary with ever-larger ships and theybring the local communications knowledge necessaryto work with local services such as tugs and linesmen.
A pilot‟s training is of necessity long and thorough,
given the value of ships and their cargoes. Pilotsnormally enter the profession after a career at sea andlearn their new trade mostly by mentoring from aqualified and experienced pilot. This is typicallysupplemented by simulator training and modeltraining. Thereafter, training continues on a constantbasis to maintain skills to the very highest degree.The Master and Pilot relationship is an intriguingbalance of mutual trust and respect, largely unwritten,which provides an unrivalled level of safety in a societythat expects, and receives, the highest of standardsfrom the shipping industry. The relationship isformalized in the STCW Code, and IMO ResolutionA960.Navigation of a ship in pilotage waters is a sharedresponsibility between the pilot and the master/bridgecrew. The compulsory pilot directs the navigation of
the ship, subject to the Master‟s overall command of
the ship and the ultimate responsibility for its safety.International law requires the master and/or the officer
in charge of the navigational watch to “coop
erateclosely with the pilot and maintain an accurate check
on the ship‟s position and movement.”.