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Chairman’s Report: John Pearn




It is with great sadness that I find myself considering the consequences of another pilot fatality. Read the rest of this entry »

Importance of training in the use of Portable Pilot Units David Hedgley


Portable Pilotage Units (PPUs) have been in the marine industry for many years and are fast becoming ‘normal’ on the bridges of ships in pilotage waters around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

The Technical and Training Committee: Nick Lee

At the Association’s annual conferences I talked about how the technical and training committee (T&TC) is formed. This is a busy group carrying out important work in conjunction with the executives who form the Section Committee. Read the rest of this entry »

Chartered Master Mariner Award


UKMPA Secretary General Don Cockrill MBE receives the HCMM Charter award

The Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM) under its Royal Charter has been allowed to grant Chartered Status to Master Mariners. Read the rest of this entry »

Piloting The Aircraft Carrier: Queen Elizabeth: Jerry Purvis

Carrier 5


On 3 rd July 2008 the contract to build two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy was signed. The vessels are sometimes described as supercarriers by the media. They displace approximately 65000t, over three times the displacement of their predecessors, the Invincible class carriers, and are 285m LOA. They are the largest warships ever built in the United Kingdom and will be the largest warships ever in the Royal Navy, and are named HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. Read the rest of this entry »




London Cruise Terminal welcomes a giant of a cruise liner in Tilbury The giant Mein Schiff 3 cruise liner sailed into the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury this morning (12 th Sept) as part of a seven-night European cruise. The 293 metre ship, owned by TUI Cruises, is the largest cruise liner that the terminal has welcomed. It had an incredible 2700 passengers disembarking for sightseeing trips around London and the local area. Read the rest of this entry »

CHIRP (Confidential Hazardous Information Reporting) reports

Members may wish to familiarise themselves with the following incidents which could or did happen in pilotage waters. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: George Walter Havens (Bristol Pilot) 1923 – 2017

George Havens


George was born in Portishead, on 26 th September 1923 and attended Bristol South Central School from 1934-1938. Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Anthony Rowe Jones 1928-2017

Tony Jones

Anthony Rowe (Tony) Jones died on 27 th November 2017 and was a Manchester Ship Canal pilot for over 30 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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