You are on the move every day and see sailors from a different perspective: The President of the Lotsenverband and the senior man from Kiel have interesting views in the YACHT interview.
Encounters with professional ships are part of everyday sailing. The meeting of Goliaths and Davids does not always go without a queasy feeling. Gerald Immens, President of the Federal Association of Sea and Harbor Pilots, and Hans-Hermann Lückert, senior man on the Schleswig-Holstein Baltic Sea coast, do not see any major problems, but are promoting more mutual understanding in the YACHT.
Very interesting what the two professionals report about the perception of yachts from the bridge of a big ship: “The viewing angles with which we have to work, especially with highly loaded container ships, do not allow a clear view. From the control stand you can only see the top of the mast of a yacht.”In a conversation, they explain how skippers and captains behave correctly - and describe in a very informative manner the needs and constraints that a sailor may not be aware of.
The pilots reject the introduction of a general right of way for professional ships, which is currently being discussed by the International Maritime Organization: "The problems are simply not big enough to carry out such a brute measure.": "Everything is already too overloaded anyway, we don't want any further obligations and regulations."
In general, the two experts are extremely satisfied with the interaction between professional and sport boaters: "It's going perfectly, great, great."
The pilots have developed an extremely recommendable lecture, which they give - very informative and without the "pointing finger" - in the sailing clubs. Interested parties should contact the Federal Association of Sea and Harbor Pilots, Georgstr. 10, 27570 Bremerhaven, Tel. 0471/250 26, E-Mail: [email protected]