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Disaster Zone Podcast: 'The Function and Role of Maritime Pilots'

Another puzzle piece in maritime transportation.

The movement of goods by ship across oceans has many moving parts. When it comes to the final leg of a thousand-mile-or-more journey, that is when maritime pilots play a critical role.

Listen to this Disaster Zone podcast, "The Function and Role of Maritime Pilots," to better understand what maritime pilots do and how they fit into the larger mission of safely transiting sometimes crowded and very narrow waterways.

I found their role in the final docking to be a bit of art and science to maneuver a huge ship safely into position to be tied down at a dock.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.