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Saab awarded pilotage management system contract for Northeast Marine Pilots

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Saab’s PilotControl – a comprehensive pilotage management and billing system in use across the globe, will be implemented at the Northeast Marine Pilots serving the waters of Narragansett Bay and the Port of Providence in the state of Connecticut, United States. The pilots are currently working with an in-house system and are looking forward to future proof their activities by getting the latest technology available. An important advantage of the new system is the support for mobile use, making communication between pilots and their dispatch centre much more efficient.

With using PilotControl, the Northeast Marine Pilots will be using a paperless web order process. This enhances efficiency within their community and provides them with real-time updates.

Planning ahead and accurate assignment of marine pilots to vessel traffic can be challenging. Saab helps pilot groups around the globe to streamline their processes while incorporating varied and complex rules and rostering needs.  PilotControl is a web and cloud based system which results in optimal resiliency. It prevents duplicate data entry, improves stakeholder communications and provides integration options with third party IT systems.

The Northeast Marine Pilots will be making use of the PilotControl mobile application. This module communicates directly with pilots wherever they are, on any device. Each pilot has instant access to the information for their assignment: date, time, vessel and location, weather conditions and real time updates, including for delays that affect planning or rest time for the pilots.

The pilots can input their reports, record their activities, and complete their time sheets. With this, they will be more efficient in receiving and providing information, so they can focus on the important safety part of their day.

Head of Maritime Traffic Management at Saab, Tomas Hjelmberg said the project strengthens Saab’s position as leading supplier of advanced pilot dispatch management systems. “Each pilotage has their own way of working, their own range of certified pilots, and their own mix of clients and corresponding tariffs “ he said, “Northeast Marine Pilots joining our customer base is further proof that we bring value to a wide range of pilotage organisations, anywhere in the world.”

Aside from the mobile management tool, the Northeast Marine Pilots will be making use of Saab’s Safety Observation Tool for the recording of safety concerns and sharing these with pilots around the world.

For more information, see PilotControl - Pilotage Dispatch Management System. The system is expected to go operational in Q2 of 2022.


About Northeast Marine Pilots

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Northeast Marine Pilots Association has a long history of dedicated and expert service. The pilots uphold the longstanding maritime standards of professional marine pilots. They ensure safety and environmental protection in local waters by preventing marine accidents. They utilize the most advanced navigation equipment and continuing training available. The manned dispatch ​communication centre and four Gladding and Hearn pilot boats facilitate the most up to date ​and efficient service available.