Pilot Boarding and Landing – use of Personal Emergency Radio Devices: Nick Lee, T&TC Chairman Smith


On behalf of the Association Members the Technical and Training Committee have been investigating the use of Personal Locator Beacons. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Cunard Queens Event: Noel Beckett

Southampton, 10 August 2018

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Photo: Courtesy of Ryde Church webcam

Southampton is the home port of all Carnival UK ships, including the three Cunard Queens. Occasionally (who knows whether it is planned or just lucky?), they visit Southampton on the same day. Read the rest of this entry »

Compliant Pilot Ladder Lengths: Kevin Vallance

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There are many things in both our everyday and professional lives we take for granted and never question the origins of. An example of this might be the IMPA recommended ‘pilot mark or pilot line’, sometimes seen on the side of vessels to indicate where a vessel’s freeboard exceeds nine metres. Read the rest of this entry »

Preston Docks: Mike Robarts

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Preston Marina, built in what used to be Preston Dock, recently welcomed a commercial vessel. The publicised arrival attracted social media, which led me to do some research about the port. The original dock was closed to commercial shipping in 1981. Read the rest of this entry »

Non Routine Pilotage Acts: Mike Robarts

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No, it’s not a shore silo but a flettner Rotor foremast!

Pilots are used to the next pilotage order being given, however some are involved in projects which could be seen as non-routine acts of pilotage, which require some more thought and plenty of planning. Read the rest of this entry »

Another advantage of using a Portable Pilot Unit (PPU)– I say yes: Julian Parkin, (Plymouth)


Error!! Is it the PPU or the chart? Photo: Julian Parkin

My first introduction to a PPU system was initiated when an SHA who I work for as part of my contract with my CHA as a pilot asked a question ‘What is the largest cruise ship we could bring into the port?’ Read the rest of this entry »

Commendation: Tristan Gurd, Falmouth Pilot by Mike Robarts


M.V Kuzma Minin: Image Courtesy: Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team

The Chairman in his report noted the brave efforts of Pilot Tristan Gurd in the rescue of the vessel M.V Kuzma Minin and her crew.

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‘I’ve got a nice little job for you’ : Martin James



I’m sure every pilot has received a phone call from the pilot office and had these words said to him. Read the rest of this entry »

Report of the 2018 IMPA Congress Senegal, 21-27 April 2018: Peter Lightfoot


The UKMPA delegates: L-R: Don Cockrill MBE, John Pearn, Nick Lee,Mike Morris & Peter Lightfoot

At IMPA 2012 in London, it was announced that Senegal would host the 2018 IMPA Congress. Read the rest of this entry »

APPMPG update Hywel Pugh


I represented the Association at the recent All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group (APPMPG). Read the rest of this entry »

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