In order to do this job, the pilot plays a leading role in the bridge team. Every pilot has worked his way up the career ladder to become a
ship’s captain, and then has done specialized training to become a pilot. As a result he is well-qualified to assess the interrelations between the shipping companies and the ocean shipping
industry within the scope of his own profession.
For a few hours during the actual pilotage, the captain and the pilot work as a team. So the pilot has to be able to deal with mariners from
different corners of the world with different ways of thinking. He has to appear calm and trustworthy, work well under pressure and make the right decisions very quickly. He has to work with
the authorities and traffic control centres and coordinate the necessary services (tugs and line handlers).