I’ve observed that docking pilots often board just south of or north of the VZ Bridge.

 

Note the two crew, one with a backpack.

U-turn and 

preparations are made

 

and then a pilot boards along the KVK. 

 

 

Any idea who/where Shekou is?

It’s in  Guangdong Province, but of course it’s not Singapore.

All photos, WVD. 

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