Pilots go to Malaysia for advanced training

Captain Charles Griffiths (pictured) will travel to Malaysia later this month with six Australian marine pilots.

They will finish a competency audit at the Star Cruises training simulator in Port Klang.

Australian and New Zealand pilots are regarded as a decade ahead of other pilotage organisations in training terms.

The Australian training program has three stages and parallels the training of airline pilots.

Stage one is bridge resource management training, which has now been completed by almost every Australian pilot.

Stage two is an advanced marine pilot’s course, which about 250 have finished.

Stage three is a competency audit, which the six pilots will complete at Star Cruises training simulator in Port Klang as well as on board a company vessel.

The Australian Mariner Pilots Association is sending six pilots on the first audit.