Pilots, tugs and line handlers - everything grinds to a halt without them. Ships from all over the world sail into Hamburg day-in day-out and in all weathers. This experienced partnership, coordinated by the pilot, makes up their bridge team.In the eyes of the law, the pilots are advisers who support the captain based on their familiarity with local navigation and conditions. But in actual fact the captain coming in to port usually hands over the nautical command of the ship - and hence the bridge team - to the pilot. This is because of the split-second decisions which have to be made and the tug handling which requires radio communication.