Technical and Training

Criminality in the law of marine pilotage: Barrie Youde


The criminal law has a significant role in the law of marine pilotage, largely because the statute law of pilotage permits the public imposition of compulsory pilotage upon certain vessels in certain areas. It is only the statute law which permits any such imposition; and wherever it does not do so the general international liberty of navigation applies. Read the rest of this entry »

Concept Ship

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Autonomous shipping in our industry is occupying the attentions of designers and engineers in partnership with Flag States and Classification Societies. Over the next few years the proposal of Autonomous Ships is likely to be fiercely debated. Our Association was represented at the Nautical Institute seminar on Autonomous Ships held in September 2015 at Bristol, and our members’ notes from the meeting will be published in the next edition. This article by DNV – GL looks at the feasibility of a small autonomous coastal ship designed to be environmentally friendly whilst delivering cargo packages and is  published with the kind permission of Alexandra Jane Oliver PR Communications Expert, Media and Public Relations, Hamburg  Ed

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Piloting at the ‘edge-of-chaos’ : Peter McArthur



Many years of research devoted to trying to understand the underlying mechanics of marine hydrodynamics have been rewarded with the publication of a number of papers that attempt to explain both the resultant theoretical principles and their practical application in a simplistic, easily assimilable, manner. Read the rest of this entry »

All Parliamentary Parties Maritime & Ports Groups meetings: Mike Robarts


Your Association continues to be a presence at the All Parliamentary Parties Maritime and Ports Groups (APPMPG) meetings in Westminster’s committee rooms. Read the rest of this entry »

Piloting the 3 Queens at Liverpool: James Smart (Liverpool Pilot)

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I landed in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands on 23rd May 2015 to join Queen Elizabeth for the passage south to Liverpool. We were to take part in the ‘main event’ of Cunard’s ‘Three Queens’ meeting in the river Mersey to mark 175 years of Cunard.

My colleagues, Chris Booker for Queen Mary 2 and Simon Wood for Queen Victoria, had also travelled to Greenock and St Peter Port respectively in order to avoid any risk of not boarding safely at Liverpool Bar. We were to have navigation briefs onboard with all senior officers and two conference calls between the three ships and management ashore in Southampton, to iron out any last minute glitches and to discuss the weather likely on the day. Read the rest of this entry »

A view on Southampton Pilotage: George Livingstone

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I’ve spent the last few mornings looking out over the San Francisco Bay wondering about the far flung, wide spread scope of marine transportation. I remember as a boy my father taking us to the harbour where we would sit and watch the ships come and go for hours on end. I suppose most readers of this magazine have a similar interest in the sea and the great ports of the world.  Read the rest of this entry »

UK Safety of Navigation Report: Graham Langley

I represented the Association by attending the UKSON meeting on the 4 February 2015 at the MCA offices in Southampton. As the name suggests the purpose of the group is to bring together those from different areas of the UK maritime industry. At the meeting were delegates from the MCA, Chamber of Shipping, Trinity House (General Lighthouse Authority), ports bodies and others with a maritime interest. Read the rest of this entry »

Can You Hack An Ecdis? : Yevgen Dyryavyy



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In an increasingly connected world, cyber security is more important than ever. NCC Group, one of the world’s leading cyber security research companies, regularly investigates the susceptibility of non-traditional systems to attack in order to help raise awareness of the risks to these systems. Read the rest of this entry »

Westlaw UK Pilotage Law: Barrie Youde © 2014 Sweet & Maxwell Ltd


The Pilot is grateful for the kind permission by Sweet and Maxwell to reproduce the Westlaw UK Insight article on Pilotage, written  by Barrie Youde. Barrie is a former Liverpool Pilot and now a solicitor with RA Wilkinson & Co.


Photo: Andy Wallace. Port of London Authority

In strict terms, pilotage and navigation are one and the same thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Large ship Visits

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Last year saw the introduction of more Ultra large container vessels which now regularly call at UK major ports such as Felixstowe, Southampton and London. Read the rest of this entry »

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