The captain and crew of M/V Talisman had something to celebrate when The Japan Federation of Pilots’ Associations chose the vessel as the recipient of the Best Quality Ship 2014 award. The Talisman was chosen from seven other nominees and was the only RoRo vessel amongst the finalists. The award was given for excellence of safe navigational management, navigation systems, and pilot boarding and co-operation.

The award was announced at a ceremony at the Japan Marine Centre in Tokyo and was attended by representatives of the nominated shipping companies, as well as members of several Pilots’ Associations.

“All the head pilots from each regional office were present and they all commented on how the bridges on our vessels are modern and convenient to operate in any weather,” says Masaki Kunimatsu, WWL’s Head of Port Operations in Japan. “We are very proud of that.”

Pilots are seen as a vital part of any port operation, ensuring safe, efficient navigation without damage to the vessel, the port or the marine environment. The teamwork and co-operation of the piloted vessel is essential for the pilots to do their best job. The Best Quality Ship award was established in 2003 to recognise the importance of this co-operation.

This is the second time M/V Talisman has received this award, having first won it in 2010.