(1) Contact the pilot station and agree boarding arrangements.
(2) Make a risk assessment. (3) Detail an officer to supervise the rigging of the pilot ladder and stand by it. (4) Ensure Pilot Card and any other relevant information are ready. (5) Have a conning plan in mind. (6) Remind the OOW that when the pilot has charge, the OOW must still monitor ship’s progress and report as necessary. (7) Fly the “G” flag and have the “H” flag ready.