Chairman’s Report 2017


Many of us consider pilotage to be a localized industry. However, our practices are often decided by other persons and organisations. Read the rest of this entry »

Chairman’s Report: John Pearn


Looking back, 2016 was a year of note. Despite all the political drama the one thing I will sadly remember it for is the tragic loss of London Pilot, Gordon Coates on October 5th whilst boarding the vessel Sunni, in the River Thames off Gravesend. The MAIB is currently investigating the incident. Whatever the outcome of the report, we owe it to ourselves, and also no less importantly to our families, to act on the lessons learnt. Read the rest of this entry »

Chairman’s Report 321: John Pearn


This edition of Pilot Magazine could easily have been subtitled ‘Pilotage, Past, Present and Future’. Read the rest of this entry »

Chairman’s Report: John Pearn


I was once asked by a previous Chairman of the UKMPA, whilst we were tackling a particularly difficult and controversial issue, ‘Why do we serve on Section Committee?’ My response was that when I was experiencing difficult circumstances, many pilots at the time, who were unknown to me, had burnt the midnight oil working hard to protect not only my interests but also those of the profession. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Chairman’s Report: Don Cockrill

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Don Cockrill

During my tenure as Chairman of this association, I have been privileged to meet and work with some very notable and influential pilots. One such was Captain Michael Watson, president of the American Pilots’ Association and immediate past president of IMPA. It was thus with great sadness that we learned of Michael’s sudden passing at the end of July. Read the rest of this entry »

Chairman’s Report: Spring 2015 : Don Cockrill

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Management policies prioritising financial profitability and commercial expediency above public safety and environmental protection continue to prevail on UK pilotage. Read the rest of this entry »

Chairman’s Report: Don Cockrill



It was a great pleasure to see a packed room for the 126th conference in Chester last November. Read the rest of this entry »

126th UKMPA Conference: Mike Robarts


Members and guests arrived at the Queen Hotel in Chester on the afternoon of the 25 November 2014 for a cruise hosted by Carmet Tugs on the Manchester Ship Canal. Read the rest of this entry »

Westminster Reception: Mike Robarts



The Association is not a stranger to events at Westminster, and on 18 November 2014 we received an invitation to attend the annual UK Major Ports Groups reception. Representing the Association were Don Cockrill, Chairman, Susan Harrison, Crouch Harbour Master/Pilot, and Mike Robarts from Harwich Haven. Simon Baird, Chairman of UKMPG, addressed the Shipping Minister and Members of Parliament.
The Shipping Minister, John Hayes MP, then addressed the delegates. The event gave our Association representatives a useful opportunity to meet MPs and representatives from the Department for Transport, Chamber of Shipping and Trinity House.


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