Welcome to THE PILOT, the magazine of the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots’ Association (UKMPA) www.ukmpa.org

Magazine Editor: Chris Hoyle

Website Editor: John Clandillon-Baker FNI (JCB)


16th May 2022

This month we remember the 74 lives tragically lost on board the Royston Grange following a collision with the tanker Tien Chee on the River Plate on 11th May 1972. All 74 persons on board The Royston Grange were killed along with 8 of the 40persons on board the Teen Chee A memorial service was held in All Hallows By The Tower church in London and our thoughts are with their families. May they rest in peace. JCB


The Royston Grange memorial window at the All Hallows By The tower Chuch

The Royston Grange memorial group  arranged a 50th anniversary memorial service which  was held at the All Hallows By The Tower Church London on 11th May attended by relatives and colleagues of those lost in the disaster and the service can be viewed here

There’s a FaceBook site dedicated to the Royston Grange here

My article on the disaster can be read here


Unfortunately this site currently has a bug that’s preventing the upload of photos and other media. however, the latest copy of the magazine is available on line here.  


A new website has been set up as a dedicated portal for pilots & pilotage worldwide at the following link:



The Maritime Pilots’ Network




Houston pilot Louis Vest has taken some time lapse photo sequences navigating  in the upper reaches ofthe Houston Ship Canal. Enjoy them at the following links:




The last page also has a link to a transit of the Panama Canal in 75 seconds.

There are now an increasing number of time lapse pilotage passage videos on both youtube & Linkedin. JCB




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The views and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the UKMPA. Likewise the interpretations of incident reports represent the author’s viewpoint and readers should therefore also refer to the official reports via the embedded links.

John Clandillon-Baker FNI : Website editor


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