Finnpilot’s cost-efficient operational model and the positive development in the number of pilotage assignments made it possible to retain the same pilotage prices during 2018. Numerous safety and digitalisation projects were implemented during the year. Customer and stakeholder satisfaction with the pilotage services remained at an excellent level.
The procedural recommendations stated in the report published today by the Safety Investigation Authority with regard to the pilot vessel accident that occurred last December were also acknowledged in Finnpilot’s own account. The majority of the recommendations were already put into practice during 2018. Evacuation routes, for example, were improved on all vessels that are similar to the boat involved in the accident.
The growth in pilotage assignments is the result of positive development in Finland’s international trade. Finnpilot has succeeded in meeting the pilotage needs of the growing vessel traffic by means of long-term planning and ongoing operational development. During 2019, pilotage fees will remain at the level of the previous year.
The pilot cutter operators’ association (Luotsikutterinkuljettajat ry), The Finnish Seamen’s Mission and Finnpilot have initiated a joint collection for the families and, in particular, the children of those lost in the pilot boat disaster.
The raising of the pilot boat, which sunk last Friday, will be carried out in co-operation with the Safety Investigation Authority (OTKES) and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). The progression of the accident will be reviewed today together with the vessel manufacturer and relevant inspector. Additionally, a preliminary report of the events has been drafted at Emäsalo pilot station.
“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the relatives and co-workers of those who died in the accident, and thank everyone who participated in the search and rescue effort,” states Kari Kosonen, CEO at Finnpilot.
As of 19 October, Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd is part of the Intelligent Transport Systems Finland (ITS Finland) association that aims to create concrete intelligent traffic services to benefit residents and businesses in Finland. Finnpilot brings, in particular, its valuable navigational expertise to the network.
Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd wants to have an active role in creating the future of the Baltic Sea. By joining the One Sea ecosystem Finnpilot is going to be a partner with the forerunners of maritime autonomy.
Our pilots will guide the event’s largest sailing ships smoothly into Kotka’s Kantasatama harbour and up to the banks of the River Aura in Turku for the public to admire. Both events will offer visitors the opportunity to step on board a pilot vessel and learn more about pilotage.
In 2016, pilotage prevented 29 potentially serious accidents. The company’s turnover, result and service level remained around the same as the corresponding figures for recent years. Customer satisfaction was at an exemplary level.
Last autumn Finnpilot made a customer survey. The results are now available. We thank our customers for all the answers and wish you all a Peaceful Christmas time. The main results for the survey are below.
During the period from 28 September until 18 October 2016, a survey will be conducted among Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd.’s customers and interest groups operating on land. It only takes about five minutes for respondents to complete the survey.
This autumn, we celebrate one of our country’s oldest official duties. The decree on pilotage issued by King Charles XI of Sweden on 19 September 1696 is considered the official charter for pilotage in Finland.
Finnpilot pilots use iPad and a mobile application to facilitate their work. Finnpilot’s iPad application mPilot has now launched nationwide, enabling personnel throughout Finland to operate safely and efficiently with the help of mobile technology.
The activities of Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd were adjusted to compensate for the decreasing demand for pilotage in 2015. The service standard remained excellent. Each euro that was invested in pilotage brought more than a twofold return for society.
The publication of the Night on the Fairway (Yö väylällä) study, conducted jointly by Finnpilot and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, provides new information about the impact of night shift work on pilotage.
Pilotage Director Kari Kosonen from Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd will describe the case Finnpilot, where the state of the art and unique application is used to collect deviation information. The application is developed in co-operation with the Kotka Maritime Research Center and the Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd.
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