ABP Humber’s Pilotage Team Swells in Numbers

October 10, 2018

LEFT: New Pilot recruit, Billy Cotnoir, ready to set off on a launch vessel based at the Port of Grimsby.

ABP Humber today announces that it has expanded its pilotage team, which plays a vital role in safely navigating commercial vessels through the UK’s busiest estuary.
Six new recruits have recently joined the already-strong team of 119 marine professionals and there are still vacancies waiting to be filled.
Last year ABP’s pilots completed nearly 17,000 operations, with an average of 46 per day, making them amongst the busiest in the UK.
Matt Booth, Pilotage Operations Manager for ABP Humber, said: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome much-needed additional support to our pilotage team as they’re essential in ensuring the smooth flow of trade into all the Humber ports and wharves.
“All of our pilots have relevant marine experience from the Merchant or Royal Navy. It’s a very demanding job, as they’re called to pilot ships at any time of day or night, 365 days a year, on an estuary that is known for being incredibly dynamic.”
All pilot recruits go through six months of rigorous training to ensure they become experts on the river and its unique characteristics.
One such recently qualified trainee is Billy Cotnoir. Before joining ABP, Billy had been in the maritime industry for 16 years, travelling the world on cruise ships and working on drilling rigs and oil rig barges.
“I’ve always wanted to be a pilot and I’m grateful that ABP has given me the opportunity to prove myself,” said Billy, who’s relocated to Hull with his family.
“The Humber is such a challenging waterway to navigate, however I’ve been given the best all-round training and the senior pilots have been extremely helpful in mentoring and sharing their extensive knowledge.
“I enjoy the role because it’s exciting, rewarding and different every day.”
If you think you have the relevant experience to become a pilot and would like to take on a new challenge working for the busiest port complex in the country, please visit careers.abports.co.uk