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Port Pilots - Professional Development

About this course

The time that a pilot spends onboard a vessel is usually at the most critical phases of a voyage (ie, the start and the finish). During these periods the opportunities for events to be clouded with hyperactivity, excessive communication, close-quarter traffic and berthing encounters are all too plentiful.

This course helps to combat these issues through the practice and sharing of experiences and techniques. An examination of current methodology for transits, anchor manoeuvres, berthings and unberthings on the full mission simulator, in varying conditions of tide, wind and visibility, is designed to provide pilots with opportunities to practice their art in a challenging, though realistic environment. 

This can be done through the use of 'in area' pilotage embarkation points, utilising existing geographical data-bases or, should the client wish, new databases can be developed as part of the course.

Course delivery location

From 1 June 2019, this course will be delivered from our new maritime simulation centre at Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please check your joining instructions for further information. 

How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.


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