POML Pilots’ Fast Action in Covid Situation

As with all industries, we have seen a swift and unprecedented change in the way we do our jobs since the pandemic began earlier this year. Despite the challenges, we have been able to weather the change and continue to serve operational excellence without compromising safety and efficiency. This is, for the most part, thanks to the adaptability and innovation of our crews.

This flexible thinking was demonstrated just last month in Jebel Ali, UAE. One evening, our harbour master’s office was called with the tragic news that a vessel was inbound with a deceased crew member, due to Covid-19. Two pilots on duty, Capt. Khalid Smadi and Capt. Sati, immediately carried out a joint risk assessment, involving the experience of other pilots. Due to the risk of Covid-19, a standard pilotage operation was not possible. Having assessed the size of the ship and the weather conditions that night, the decision was made to pilot the vessel remotely. One captain would be on the escort tug and the other on the jetty.

After a comprehensive plan was executed with clear and detailed communication, the remote pilotage operation was completed successfully in only two hours.

This is just one example of the innovative ways in which our teams are adapting to today’s challenges. Remote pilotage is an excellent initiative that mitigates risk and keeps our business going.