Tributes paid to former Sunderland port pilot

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who helped to safely steer ships in and out of Wearside.

Port of Sunderland pilot Captain Alwyn Evans died suddenly in Canada at the age of 58.

He was one of three pilots, joining the team in 2001, helping tugs, barges, bulk cargo boats and other ships in and out of the Port of Sunderland.

As one of the port’s Class One pilots, this included Sunderland’s adopted warship, HMS Ocean.

Captain Evans, who lived in Chester-le-Street, also acted as deputy harbour master.

During his earlier career, he navigated vessels on the North American Great Lakes, and more recently worked on tenders operated by Trinity House.

Harbour master, Captain Kevin Ullah, said: “We were all devastated to learn of Alwyn’s death. He was a highly capable pilot and well liked by all who knew him.

“On behalf of the port, I wish to extend our sincere sympathies to his wife, Grace, and other family members.”

Outside of work, Captain Evans enjoyed walking.