Technical and Training

UKMPA & Londion International Shipping Week



The week of September 12th 2013 saw the start of London International Shipping Week (LISW). This marked the first of a series of events, conferences, workshops and receptions, aimed at supporting and marketing the importance of London as a shipping centre and the UK as a maritime nation. Read the rest of this entry »

Merchant Navy Medal Recognised as a National Honour


The Merchant Navy Medal has been a maritime industry-sponsored Medal since 2005. Read the rest of this entry »

PEC “Any Deck Officer”? The “CSL Thames” Grounding: JCB

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Photo: MAIB



Unless you’ve been on another planet during the last year you’ll all be fully aware that the marine Navigation Bill (2) (MNB) received Royal assent on the 29th April and will pass into law on 1st October. Read the rest of this entry »

Make Weather Data Work For You: Nigel Allen

Following on from Jonathon Pearce’s DUKC feature ,this account serves to highlight the importance of environmental factors in passage planning. (Ed)

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Master / Pilot Exchange: Dr Katherine Devitt

It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it!


As the elements (such as those detailed by Nigel Allen in this article) involved in a pilotage passage become more complex, the importance of an effective and on-going dialogue between Pilot and Master MPX) during the passage cannot be over-emphasised. Dr Devitt’s following research summary highlights the key factors. (JCB)  Read the rest of this entry »

76th T&TC meeting: Nick Lee

The following are brief notes from the meeting that was held on 3rd April 2013 at Haven Masters Office, Avonmouth, Bristol. The full minutes are available in the members area of the UKMPA website. Read the rest of this entry »

Pilot Ladder Securing systems : Kevin Vallance

Thanks to those of you who responded to my request for feedback on the magnetic securing system for pilot and accommodation ladders. Read the rest of this entry »

Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC©) Jonathon Pearce (OMC International)



Traditionally, ports have operated under fixed rules which govern the minimum under keel clearance (UKC) to permit safe transit along port approach channels. These rules may have been in existence for many years and in most cases they have an unblemished safety record but as they are based on the assumption that this clearance is sufficient regardless of the prevailing environmental conditions they can fail, often with disastrous consequences and evidence shows that up to five percent of transits are marginal, even unsafe. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: Navigating the Human element

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For several decades the importance of the Human Element has become an increasingly integral part of all aspects of professional maritime training.  Read the rest of this entry »

Magnetic Pilot Ladder Securing system


Dutch company PTR Holland BV has produced a magnetic pilot ladder securing system which would seem to provide a quick and efficient method of securing the pilot ladder to the ship’s side in accordance with SOLAS Ch.V specifically designed to make life safer for pilots. Read the rest of this entry »

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