128th Annual Conference: Mike Robarts


The Association’s Annual conference was sponsored by Seasafe Ltd and hosted on the Isle of Wight, a picturesque location where delegates also enjoyed some summer weather. Association Chairman John Pearn opened the conference on 17th September 2016 at 0930 with a gavel presented to the Association from the Spurn Pilots. Read the rest of this entry »

250 Years of the Liverpool Pilotage Service: 1766 – 2016 (Part 2) Geoff Topp


In both World Wars the pilots continued to do their business under unusually arduous conditions of enemy activity and blackout. In each of these conflicts a cutter was lost with heavy loss of life. The Alfred H. Read was sunk by enemy mine in the vicinity of the Bar lightship in December 1917, with the loss of thirty nine pilots, apprentices and crew, and then, in November 1939, the Charles Livingston was driven ashore on Ainsdale beach in a violent storm, with the loss of twenty-three pilots, apprentices and crew.  Read the rest of this entry »

Product Review: Transas Pilot Pro App: John Clandillon-Baker FNI

Several years ago Transas produced their iSailor app for iPads & iPhones. Based on their professional ECN vector charting system, the app provided a reasonably priced user friendly Electronic Charting System (ECS). Read the rest of this entry »

“Wheel to Midships”: Mike Robarts


This authoritative direction was heard loud and clear during a programme on Quest TV. The voice belonged to Rory Jackson, a Southampton pilot, and ‘Mighty Ships’ was the programme’s title. Here was yet another example of a media presentation of a British pilot at work, allowing viewers a fascinating insight into what a pilot does. Read the rest of this entry »

Past Chairman, Don Cockrill receives MBE


Our past Chairman Don Cockrill has been awarded the MBE for his tireless efforts to pilotage and our Association. Read the rest of this entry »

Pilot Boat Rescue Mission: Mike Robarts

The article in this magazine on the IIEC rescue course highlights some of the hazards we need to be prepared for. Sometimes the pilot launch can be the first to respond to a casualty.  Read the rest of this entry »

Portable Pilot Unit Workshop: Colin Pratt


In Spring of 2015 Marimatech sponsored a ‘Piloting Workshop’ in Göteborg. Most of the attendees were representatives of Scandinavian countries, although there was a small UK contingent of Chris Griffiths (Medway Pilots) and myself. Read the rest of this entry »

250 Years of the Liverpool Pilotage Service: 1766 – 2016 (Part 1): Geoff Topp


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‘The entrance to the Port of Liverpool is very dangerous without a skilful pilot, and many ships and lives have, of late years, been lost owing to the negligence and ignorance of persons taking upon them to conduct ships and vessels into and out of the said Port.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Future Ships – Smart For Sure, Unmanned Maybe?: Volker Bertram (RINA)


“The idea (of an unmanned ship)is not new, it has been around for decades but the difference is the technology now exists,” said Oskar Levander (Rolls-Royce) in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Ports News Round Up

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