Ports Of Call: Video Shows Pilot Boarding The TS Kennedy In Port Everglades

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Wait until you see this video of the harbor pilot boarding the TS Kennedy this morning.  

You won't see another video quite like this!  It includes a surprise.

pilot grabs ladder with a bag
pilots bag falls
pilot grabs ladder again, holding something in his hand.

Thanks to 3/C Andrew Fusco for sending it to his proud dad, who then passed it along to us.   Andrew is a Marine Transportation major from Wrentham, Massachusetts.

Click on the link to check out Andrew's video.


What do you think would be the best way for a harbor pilot to get his bag safely up the ladder and onto the ship?

This safety card suggests that the harbor pilot's bag should be hoisted up by a rope so that it is not a distraction.

safety card showing pilots bag being taken up with a rope

 What would be the advantages and disadvantages of using a rope to raise the bag?

In the harbor pilot industry, there is a discussion about whether a harbor pilot should or shouldn't wear a backpack.  What do you think?

Click on the link below.  There are two videos showing backpacks on harbor pilots being tested.  Of course, the testing took place in a pool, not an open ocean.  


Now that you've watched the video, what do you think?  Should harbor pilots wear backpacks?  We'd love to hear what you think!  Email us at ftvsubmissions@gmail.com.