Overall Course Objectives
On Completion of the course, students should satisfactory understand the basic pilotage formalities,  familiar with the ship handling and it’s controllable and uncontrollable factors and capable of understanding different perspectives of pilot master communications , basic pilot seamanship organizations, documentation, terminologies, publications, liabilities  and reporting.
Knowledge and Understanding
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
• Understand pilotage terminologies and their usage.
• Understand the importance of general awareness required and its main concept.
• Demonstrate the use of different publications involved
• Understand and determinate the different factors involved in ship handling.
• Describe the types of compasses and understand their uses.
• Classify types of chart symbols
• Introduction to pilotage
• Pilotage terminology
• pilot general awareness
• IMO standard marine communications
• Publications and weather instruments
• Nautical paper charts & chart 5011 (Symbols and Abbreviations)
• Chart work applications (pilot rendezvous)
• Applications on marine compasses error and tidal calculations
• Principles of Ship handling and controllable factors
• Types and uses of tugs
• Pilotage and mooring including (SBM)
• Shallow water effect and bank effect
• Ship’s particulars
• Port information guide
• Seamanship techniques for pilots and boarding techniques
• Pilot boarding awareness
• Procedures on ships arrival
• Pre-arrival information’s
• Pre-arrival reporting
• Arrival and departure documentation
• Pilot exchange card
• Pilot obligations and reporting
• Unexpected challenges and recording
• Education and qualifications
• Training and developments
• Case study and how simulation can enhance