Imagine being tasked to bring a modern ship into port. You arrive on the ship and do not know any of the crew you will be working with. They may not speak your language well. The ship's equipment may be inaccurate or not functioning. Around the world, harbor pilots are asked to do this daily.
"A ship's equipment is the one variable a pilot can never depend on," says Captain Wayne Bailey of the Pilots' Association for the Bay and River Delaware. But what if you could bring your own set of tools to that ship, tools that you were intimately familiar with and that provided you with known accuracy and reliability? That is the primary benefit of a Portable Pilot Unit (PPU).
To read 'Portable Technology for Harbor Pilots' published by Maritime Executive (Jan/Feb 2015 Ed.) click here.