Technical and Training

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 »

IIEC Course: Gareth Wilson


In 2013 the UKMPA took part in a project looking at Pilot Boat operations, with special reference to a pilot falling in the water and the cutter crew’s training for subsequent action and care. 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 »

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 »

Book Review: ‘Shiphandling with Azimuthing Podded Propulsors’: Capt. Aniker.

Author: Capt. Aniker. Dekas Pilotage Company, January 2015.

Reviewed by: Tim Wingate

Captain Aniker gives as his reason for writing the book his concern, like many others in our profession, that training, knowledge and experience in ships fitted with Azimuthing propulsion units is very limited. 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 »

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 »

The Invisible Killer: Mike Robarts

Killer 2

– Okay, Cap’n, I wish you and your crew a safe voyage and we look forward to seeing you again.

– Thanks, Pilot, and all the best; the 3rd mate will show you the way
down to the pilot door.

In the passage way, the 3rd mate is about 15 metres ahead of you and starts to descend the ladder down the hatch. He collapses in front of your eyes – what do you do, where do you go, how do you raise the alarm – more importantly, what should you do? Read the rest of this entry »

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