Knowledge, experience and skill are what allow a pilot to evaluate risk factors and situations in order to reduce their impact.  They are fundamental to maintaining safe, efficient and viable navigation on the St.Lawrence.

To ensure navigational safety, it is essential to continuously verify one's position within the channel as often as possible. Only through a rigorous apprenticeship of local knowledge can CPSLC pilots know by heart all the intricate contours of the channel and its coast within their district.

Constant awareness of the ship's position as well as anticipating the vessel's behavior, and that of those it will encounter, demands remarkable concentration on the part of the pilot. The average mission is about 6.5 hours long, but it can be as long as 10 hours for a slower ship.

Thus, since the 1950's, the district has been divided in two between Québec and Montreal with Trois-Rivières as the mid-way point.  The length of each sector is relatively the same and the duration of a transit is such that a pilot is always capable of ensuring navigational safety.


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