Working closely with regulators and proponents to ensure safe marine transportation
When a new project is proposed for the BC coast, the BC Cost Pilots work closely with the Pacific Pilotage Authority to ensure fundamental safety standards are considered and adhered to for the safe movement of ships. We work with developers and regulators to be sure that all piloting related issues have been considered, including:
- the passage to and from new developments
- approaches to the berth
- navigation aids
- adequate moorings
- appropriate assist/escort tugs
- that up to date surveys of the waterways are available
- and any other relevant points that may be of interest
Often a simulation program will be required for a new terminal to give basic proof of concept. These simulations will include prevailing wind, currents, ship size and type and assessment of tug requirements. If required, the results of the simulation may be reinforced with live ship trials.
Once trials are completed, BC Coast Pilots will report to the project proponent on our findings, which are forwarded to the appropriate regulator to give insight from a piloting perspective. We may also submit requests or make recommendations for new or enhanced navigation aids that could improve the overall safety of ship movement.
We will also make recommendations regarding any specialized or ongoing training for pilots that may be beneficial for a specific development. This will generally be done by the Pilot Training and Examination Committee (PTEC), a joint BC Coast Pilots/Pacific Pilotage Authority standing committee.