US Navy discovers knot tying is still important

Posted: 12/16/2011 in all marine news

Rob Almeida – 

Ship pilots, in case you’re not familiar, are required on board commercial ships as they enter port.

These individuals are generally master mariners with a detailed understanding of the currents and navigational hazards within their particular domain, and they are widely regarded as having the most keen shiphandling skills of any mariner.

Being a harbor pilot is one of the most highly sought after careers for a mariner, and thus, very competitive.

It does however, involve personal risk to life and limb due to the fact in most cases, going to work involves scaling the side of a ship via a rope and plastic ladder that is hung over the side.

This maneuver is a daily occurrence just outside of harbors and inlets around the world, in sometimes truly challenging weather and sea state conditions.

The US Navy is no exception, and you’ll find a pilot on board their warships on every trip in and out of the harbor.

On Monday however, the pilot assigned to the USS Howard, a guided missile destroyer stationed in San Diego, experienced the surprise of his life.

A few miles out to sea, the pilot boat operator approached the warship, but immediately noticed blatant safety issues needed to be corrected.

Noting the poor state of repair of the ladder hanging over the side, the pilot boat requested its replacement.

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