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What are the principal rules relating to the master/pilot relationship?

Generally, the master should: (1) follow the pilot’s advice unless he has good reason to believe that following that advice will endanger the ship;

(2) see that the ship’s navigation is monitored (including plotting fixes/positions on charts) as if there were no pilot on board; (3) insist that the pilot takes all reasonable precautions; (4) ensure that the officers, helmsmen, etc. attend to the pilot’s requests with efficiency and courtesy; (5) instruct the OOW that he has charge of the vessel whilst under pilotage, unless specifically informed otherwise by the master; (6) always state his opinion to the pilot on important matters of navigation and manoeuvring and warn the pilot if it appears that the pilot is taking or proposing to take any action of which the master disapproves.

 

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