Posted February 2nd, 2010, 06:24 PM
As much as I would like to make fun of the captain, isn't it the harbor master that actually docks the ship at a port?
The Master is always in full control of the vessel during docking and departure. The pilot is there to advise the bridge officers on weather, currents, tides, traffic, etc.
The only place that I'm aware of that the Master must turn over full navigational control of the ship is in the Panama Canal.
From the article-
"Capt. Wally Hogan, president of the association, said pilots performed their duties and were not responsible for the accident.
Ecstasy’s captain was in control of the vessel, Hogan said."