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 CODE OF CONDUCT




                GBRSP Code of Conduct Amended April 2008
Aim
It is the aim of GBR Sea Pilots Code of Conduct to reflect the high standard of personal and
professional behaviour expected of competent AMSA licensed pilots. It is the purpose of this
conduct to lie down the minimum requirements for standards of professional conduct and
professional practice.


Acknowledgement is made of the International Maritime Organisation’s recognition of The Great
Barrier Reef as a “Particularly Sensitive Area” and the Australian Government’s responsibility in
ensuring that the highest standard of pilotage is maintained in this area.


Coastal Pilot Licence
Pilot shall be in possession of a current AMSA licence and MSI Card and have them readily
available when on duty. It is the pilot’s responsibility to ensure AMSA Pilots Licence, MSI Card and
medical certificates remain current at all times. GBR Sea Pilots Pty Ltd is keeping record of relevant
expiry dates and issues pilot with a reminder notice 30 days prior to expiry.


Legal obligations
Pilots must be aware of, and comply with, all applicable laws, rules and regulations including
relevant International Conventions and any particular shipboard safety instructions.


Dress Attire
When engaged in pilotage duties it is expected Pilots will be attired in keeping with their
professional status.


Relationship with Other Bodies
Pilots shall be aware that officers of other bodies have an important role to play in the region and
are therefore to be treated in a professional and courteous manner.                These bodies include
Customs, Immigration, Quarantine, AMSA and GBRMPA. As well as pilots belonging to other pilot’s
organisations.


Fitness and Availability for Duty
Pilots must be adequately rested and mentally alert in order to provide undivided attention to
pilotage duties for the duration of the passage.


GBR Sea Pilots Pty Ltd is keeping track of pilots rest periods making sure pilots adhere to the
requirements of (A9) QCP Fatigue Management Plan.


Pilots have a responsibility to ensure that they are fit for duty. If they are not fit, for whatever reason,
they have an obligation to report the fact to the manager so other arrangements can be made.




                                                                   GBRSP Code of Conduct Amended April 2008
It is pilot’s duty to be aware of and to comply with (A9) QCP Fatigue Management Plan developed
by AMSA and adopted by GBR Sea Pilots Pty Ltd. Pilots are encouraged to maintain their body in a
fit and healthy condition, well above the level required by AMSA medical.


AMSA Advisory Notices
Pilots are to follow advisory notices as published periodically by AMSA.


Alcohol and Drugs
When on duty Pilots must remain capable at all times of performing any task which may be properly
required of them. Pilots must comply with the prescriptive limits for blood alcohol content for watch
keepers not in excess of 0.04% (0.04 gram/100ml).
Pilots are encouraged to maintain blood alcohol limit of zero while on board of a ship.


Pilots taking prescribed medication must be certain that their judgement and alertness will not in
any way be adversely affected and, if necessary, seek medical guidance.


Pilots are familiar with (B3) GBR Sea Pilots Pty Ltd Drugs and Alcohol Policy.


GBRSP Safety Management Code
Pilots are aware of their responsibilities under this safety management code.


Pilots are aware of GBRSP Pty Ltd responsibilities under this safety management code.


Pilots are aware of GBRSP Pty Ltd policies:


            (1) GBRSP Fatigue Management Plan
            (2) GBRSP Environmental Policy Statement
            (3) GBRSP Drug and Alcohol Policy
            (4) GBRSP Occupational Health and Safety Policy
            (5) GBRSP Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
            (6) GBRSP Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Policy
            (7) GBRSP Passage Plan




Pilots are aware that the Designated Person’s role is to provide access highest level of
management, and he could be contacted on 0427 749 988.




                                                                GBRSP Code of Conduct Amended April 2008
Absence from Duty
A pilot must not leave a ship without proper and clear authority of ship’s captain or bridge without
proper and clear authority of ship’s duty officer.


Confidentiality
Pilots should have due regard for the Privacy Act 1988 and the normal dictates of ethical business
practice.


Navigational Information
Pilots should carry, as a minimum, at all times the following charts and publications.
•     A corrected set or extracts (cut downs) of those charts necessary for a vessel to transit the
      various sections of the pilotage district, under the guidance of a Pilot.
•     A current edition of the Queensland Department of Transport Official Tide Tables.
•     A current edition of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Torres Strait Tide Tables.
•     Relevant extracts of current edition of Annual Notices to Mariners covering the licensed area.


Pilots using a laptop with an Electronic Chart System (ECS) must appreciate that it should only be
used as an aid to navigation and not the primary navigation tool. Pilots must have procedures in
place to ensure that electronic charts are corrected with the most recent Notices to Mariners.
AMSA recommends that pilots use the official digital charts supplied by the Australian Hydrography
Office.




Personal Timer/Alarm Clocks
Pilot shall carry either an electronic timer/alarm clock to be used when the Pilot is resting either in
the Pilot Cabin or in the Wheelhouse to ensure an independent method of being called other than
reliance on the ship’s officer.


Passage Planning
Pilots should prepare a Passage Plan for the intended pilotage passage and should discuss with
the Master and Navigating Officers the relevant aspects. If necessary, the plan should be updated
during the voyage and any significant amendment drawn to the attention of the Master.


Charts should be prepared in such a manner as to provide the Master with a “well in advance”
indication of the Pilots plans regarding the courses intended to be followed and the associated
information.




                                                                 GBRSP Code of Conduct Amended April 2008
Information Exchange
Pilots must recognise the importance of Bridge Resource Management in establishing a method of
familiarisation for the Master and Navigating Officers. The information exchange must include:-
•       Discussion with Bridge Personnel on the Passage Plan.
•       Manoeuvring data of the vessel.
•       Expectations with regard to draft, squat, tidal calculations and under keel clearance.
•       Procedures for recall when absent from the bridge.
•       Encouragement from the Pilot for assistance from the Bridge Personnel.
Pilots shall include with Voyage Plans an emergency contingency plan to cover –
                      A vessel incident
                      Pilot illness


Bridge Practices
All pilots are to be aware of the requirements of Bridge Resource Management and endeavour to
create an environment on the bridge whereby the master and the navigating officers understand
that they are part of a team.


Remember:
    •    Communication      - Open, interactive, closed loop.
    •    Briefings and de briefings
    •    Challenge and Response - a Bridge environment where challenges are expected, made
         and responded too.
    •    Short term strategy
    •    Delegation
    •    State of the bridge – Situational awareness


Reporting to Proper Authorities
The Pilot is responsible for reporting to REEFVTS when ceasing or commencing pilotage duties
onboard the vessel, specifically:
    A. Ship Name
    B. Pilot name and license number
    C. Vessel’s speed, max draft, defects, dangerous goods, intended route and next port of call.


Pilot has the right to refuse pilotage when the vessel to be piloted poses a danger to the safety of
navigation or to the environment.         Any such refusal, together with the reason, should be
immediately reported to Reef VTS and Managers including completion of AMSA 355 Report of
Suspected Non-Compliance with Navigation Act or Safety/Pollution Conventions.




                                                                 GBRSP Code of Conduct Amended April 2008
When performing pilotage duties, the Pilot shall report as soon as practicable any of the following:-
•     Breaches of laws, regulations and conventions.
•     Defects in navigational aids.
•     Environmental problems such as oil pollution.
•     Any matter affecting navigational safety.


VHF Communication
The use of VHF should be confined to professional matters directly related to pilotage, navigation,
ship's safety, weather and port control. A continuous watch is to be kept on VHF Channel 16.


Conversation of a sensitive nature, particularly involving matters relative to Coastal Pilots business
should be avoided.


The importance of “ALL SHIPS” broadcasts prior to approaching the Prince of Wales and Howick
Group North Channels should be borne in mind.


Consultation and Professional Development
Pilots recognise the importance of professional development and the need for keeping up to date
with changing circumstances and technology. Pilots are in regular consultation with bodies such as
AMSA, GRBMPA, AMPA and others.


Pilots also comply with contents of AMSA publication “Queensland Coastal Pilotage Training
Program”.


GBR Sea pilots Pty Ltd is keeping the record of pilots check voyages and professional development
courses and issues reminder notices to pilots.


Corrective action
To improve, amend this code pilots are requested to use (A2) FORM - Incident and Corrective
Action Report and lodge it with the manager.




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