Watch: Pilot Battles Against Cyclonic Weather
This video shows the Port of Durban’s marine pilot Rainer Rauntenberg safely steering an automotive vessel despite cyclonic weather conditions which battered the eastern South African coast on March 12, 2017.
Rauntenberg, who has been a marine pilot for more than 14 years, successfully steered the vessel in wind speeds recorded between 30 to 40 knots believed to be caused by tropical cyclone Enawo which struck Madagascar.
One to two tugs are used in normal weather conditions but the Port of Durban had to deploy three tugs to steer in the vessel.
Port of Durban harbour master, Alex Miya, praised Rauntenberg’s bravery.