Saildrones are redefining the collection of ocean data: Savaram Ravindra


Photo: Saildrone

Saildrone is an organisation that designs and manufactures solar and wind powered autonomous surface vehicles. These small, self-navigating sailboats are mounted with advanced sensor packages, making the collection of cost-effective, high resolution ocean data possible at scale. Read the rest of this entry »

Houston Pilots (USA) earn IMO’s award for exceptional bravery at sea: Clayton L. Diamond


Photo: gCaptain website

Pilots around the world are counted on twenty four hours a day, three hundred and sixty five days a year to use their skills, in-depth local knowledge and informed independent judgment to safely move all manner of ships through winding, narrow and crowded waterways, often in adverse weather conditions. This is what pilots do – make an extremely challenging and dangerous job look routine. Read the rest of this entry »

Future changes in global tides will change flood risk and tidal energy decisions: National Oceanography Centre


The first comprehensive study of the impact of global sea-level rise on tides has implications for future coastal flood risk, harbour management, and the long term planning of tidal energy sites. Read the rest of this entry »

Piloting vessels outside your CHA: Ken Pound

On 27th June 2017 many witnessed the departure of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth from Rosyth Dockyard, a pretty impressive sight as she passed through the lock gates into the Firth of Forth. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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