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Discurso Otavio Bahrain (inglês)

Discurso Otavio Bahrain (inglês)

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Prático brasileiro, vice-presidente sênior da IMPA, discursa em evento no Oriente Médio
Prático brasileiro, vice-presidente sênior da IMPA, discursa em evento no Oriente Médio

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Published by: Conselho Nacional de Praticagem on Mar 19, 2013
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Your Excellency, Secretary General, Distinguishedguests, it is a great privilege and pleasure to be heretoday. It is also very nice to be able to celebrateWorld Maritime Day somewhere even warmer than myhome city of Rio! We are very grateful to the hosts ofthis parallel event for their kindness and organization.My name is Otavio Fragoso and I am the Senior Vice-President of IMPA. I would like to begin with a shortmovie.IMPA represents the international community of pilots.We use the resources of our membership to promoteeffective safety outcomes in pilotage as an essentialpublic service.IMPA is an enthusiastic supporter and believer in thevaluable work of IMO. We have enjoyed consultativestatus at IMO for over 40 years.IMPA believes that:The public interest is best served by a fully regulatedand cohesive pilotage service free of commercialpressure.There is no substitute for the presence of a qualified
pilot on the bridge. There is no such activity as “ShoreBased Pilotage”.
 IMO is the prime authority in matters concerning safetyof international shipping.All states should adopt a responsible approach basedon proven safety strategies in establishing their ownregulations, standards and procedures with respect to
pilotage. IMO Resolution A960 provides the keybuilding block for National Regulation.Existing and emerging information technologies arecapable of enhancing on-board decision making bythe maritime pilot.Martime pilots provide an essential and unique serviceto the shipping industry. Their principal role is to:
Provide critical independent local knowledgeand navigational information to vessels.
Bring the highest level of shiphandling skills tomanoeuvre vessels within their port.The prime obligation of pilots is to provide a criticalpublic safety service by ensuring the carefulmanagement and free flow of all traffic within their pilotage area, thus protecting the environment. Pilotsneed to be able to exercise their professional judgement undeterred by commercial or economic
pressure. Pilotage is an essential part of a Port‟s Safety
Management System and compulsory pilotage isconsidered to be the most effective and importantform of navigation safety regulation.Pilots bring great value to ports in terms of efficienttraffic management and they are the surest methodof improving economic and safety outcomes.Pilots come aboard vessels by small boat or helicopter 
at the most critical phase of a vessel‟s voyage to assist
with the conduct of navigation in waters with limiteddraught, widths, variable currents and other traffic
competing for space. Ship‟s masters cannot be
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.”.

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