Maersk Wisconsin headed out, . . . my attention is on the figure between the tugboat and the ship.
You know the unseen players on two vessels in this maneuver must be 100% focused here.
The way is prepared and the pilot begins the final steps of egress as all eyes remain on him.
Once he steps back onto Catherine Turecamo, the tug breaks to starboard, and
the Maersk crew begin to retract the passageways as
vessel heads to the next port and the next pilots.
I took these fotos and assembled this draft on a cold morning back in March 2013. Pilots must have one of the more potentially life-threatening jobs in the harbor.