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July 2016
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Les pilotes côtiers. Une Halte à Marseilles Ricciotti Pilotines Juillet 2016 PLUMEVOYAGE. @plumevoyagemagazine © Françoise Spiekermeier

Coastal drivers (or linesmen) emerged with the birth of maritime trade in ancient times to protect the vessels and their cargo from the wreck. A science of the maneuver, the pilot joined knowledge of ports and coasts, currents and dangers. He commanded maneuver in ports using the moorings. It was originally fisherman is familiar with the funds and their traps. Wars in economic blockade, dark hours in periods of prosperity, pilots have developed over the centuries a sense of extraordinary adaptation. Today, most of the pilot activity is in the Gulf ports of Fos and the Etang de Berre. They have a fleet of twelve fast pilot boats, including eight with a length of 12 meters and a length of 4 to 17 meters. The “rowdy” as they are affectionately known, because they come in all weather, every day, all year.

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