Progress on Passages
After a career at sea and 8 years serving as Master, Lew headed ashore initially as a tug master in Wellington. Pilot training started 2 years later and he obtained his licence in 2000.
The past 19 years have been spent in Wellington piloting the large variety of vessels that call from 43m fishing vessels to 340m cruise ships.
He still relieves on the ports new ASD tugs and occasionally on the new jet powered pilot vessel. Wellington has its challenges, mainly due to weather, which keeps all pilots on their toes.
Every day Lew heads out to a vessel he is amazed at his good fortune to work in this environment with such professional and supportive colleagues. His biggest concern is the reducing standards of crews and especially the quality of pilot ladders being presented. He believes this is our biggest challenge moving forward.