A message to UKMPA members from outgoing Chairman: Don Cockrill


Don hands over to John Pearn and receives a gift from members to thank him for his work as Chairman

If you were able to attend conference on board HQS Wellington in early November, you will I hope have experienced another excellent event with a broad variety of technical speakers and a fascinating visit to Lloyds as part of the evening reception. The success of the event is of course down to the excellent organisation and coordination by our secretary, Peter Lightfoot, and in no small part to the significant financial support of our many sponsors who enable the delegate costs to be maintained at an attractively affordable level to members. Read the rest of this entry »

127th Annual Conference: Mike Robarts with Photos: JCB


Members gathered on the 4th November for the 127th Annual Conference on board HQS Wellington in London. This was Don Cockrill’s final chairing of the Association’s conference; he has now handed over to John Pearn, who has been Vice Chair for several years. Association business included reports from the Chairman, EMPA Vice President Mike Morris, Treasurer Bob Watt and Nick Lee Chairman of the Technical and Training Committee.  Read the rest of this entry »

Lloyd’s Reception: John Clandillon-Baker

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The 127th UKMPA conference was held on board the HQS Wellington on 4 and 5 November 2015. On the evening of the 4th the UKMPA hosted a reception for delegates, speakers and guests at Lloyd’s of London. Read the rest of this entry »

Criminality in the law of marine pilotage: Barrie Youde


The criminal law has a significant role in the law of marine pilotage, largely because the statute law of pilotage permits the public imposition of compulsory pilotage upon certain vessels in certain areas. It is only the statute law which permits any such imposition; and wherever it does not do so the general international liberty of navigation applies. Read the rest of this entry »

Concept Ship

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Autonomous shipping in our industry is occupying the attentions of designers and engineers in partnership with Flag States and Classification Societies. Over the next few years the proposal of Autonomous Ships is likely to be fiercely debated. Our Association was represented at the Nautical Institute seminar on Autonomous Ships held in September 2015 at Bristol, and our members’ notes from the meeting will be published in the next edition. This article by DNV – GL looks at the feasibility of a small autonomous coastal ship designed to be environmentally friendly whilst delivering cargo packages and is  published with the kind permission of Alexandra Jane Oliver PR Communications Expert, Media and Public Relations, Hamburg  Ed

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Piloting at the ‘edge-of-chaos’ : Peter McArthur



Many years of research devoted to trying to understand the underlying mechanics of marine hydrodynamics have been rewarded with the publication of a number of papers that attempt to explain both the resultant theoretical principles and their practical application in a simplistic, easily assimilable, manner. Read the rest of this entry »

All Parliamentary Parties Maritime & Ports Groups meetings: Mike Robarts


Your Association continues to be a presence at the All Parliamentary Parties Maritime and Ports Groups (APPMPG) meetings in Westminster’s committee rooms. Read the rest of this entry »

EMPA Report: Don Cockrill, John Pearn & Mike Morris

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Don Cockrill, John Pearn, Mike Morris, Peter Lightfoot and Martin James from Section Committee attended the annual EMPA general meeting in Lisbon 15 -17 April 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Piloting the 3 Queens at Liverpool: James Smart (Liverpool Pilot)

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I landed in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands on 23rd May 2015 to join Queen Elizabeth for the passage south to Liverpool. We were to take part in the ‘main event’ of Cunard’s ‘Three Queens’ meeting in the river Mersey to mark 175 years of Cunard.

My colleagues, Chris Booker for Queen Mary 2 and Simon Wood for Queen Victoria, had also travelled to Greenock and St Peter Port respectively in order to avoid any risk of not boarding safely at Liverpool Bar. We were to have navigation briefs onboard with all senior officers and two conference calls between the three ships and management ashore in Southampton, to iron out any last minute glitches and to discuss the weather likely on the day. Read the rest of this entry »

A view on Southampton Pilotage: George Livingstone

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I’ve spent the last few mornings looking out over the San Francisco Bay wondering about the far flung, wide spread scope of marine transportation. I remember as a boy my father taking us to the harbour where we would sit and watch the ships come and go for hours on end. I suppose most readers of this magazine have a similar interest in the sea and the great ports of the world.  Read the rest of this entry »

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