The Pros and Cons of the Con – Time to call a Truce

William Hargreaves (Southampton)

There has over the last few years been considerable discussion about the role of the pilot, not least in the pages of ‘Seaways’. Does he or she have conduct of the vessel, or is the pilot merely an adviser? By definition, a debate has two sides: us and them, pilots and bridge teams.But it shouldn’t be adversarial at all. Pilots and bridge teams are actually on the same side. What both parties want is a successful act of pilotage with the minimum amount of paperwork, hopefully conducted in a pleasant and supportive environment with a mutual respect for each other’s professionalism.

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53The General Meeting and Conference

Liverpool 22-24 May 2019: James Foster (Medway)

Jonathan Mills and Ian McMahon and me (James Foster) attended the above conference in Liverpool. It was a three-day conference with over 250 attendees, primarily pilots from all around the world, with 25 presentations, coupled with discussions and Q&A sessions.

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Michael Robarts (Ed)

The All Parliamentary Parties Maritime and Ports Group (APPMPG) meetings give the Association an opportunity to network and speak with MPs, peers in the House of Lords and people involved in shipping and ports. Various topics are covered in these meetings, and there are questions and answers, each meeting lasting about one hour.

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Pilot Ladder Accident

Agha Umar Habib

This is a first hand account by a pilot at the port of Sohar, of what it is like when a pilot ladder being climbed, breaks. The article has been kindly reprinted from a post in Linkedin. (Ed).

One never appreciates life unless one encounters death!

My fall in the water on July 23 th , 2019 was an event which re-affirmed my faith in God. The accident was something I had to encounter due to someone else’s negligence. I was gratified to my God for not inflicting any mental or bodily harm to me.

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Defective Passage Plan:

Christian Dwyer & Sophie Henniker-Major

Sophie Henniker-Major
Christian Dwyer

Alize 1954 and CMA CGM SA v. Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG and others (CMA CGM Libra) (2019) EWHC 481 (Admlty)

In this recent judgment, in the context of a claim by Owners for a contribution in General Average (“GA”), the Court considered whether a defective passage plan, prepared prior to the commencement of the voyage, rendered the Vessel unseaworthy. On the facts, it was found that even though the Owners had in place good safety management practices, the Vessel was unseaworthy on the basis that a prudent owner would not have sent the Vessel to sea with such a defective plan, and that due diligence had not been exercised.

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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 »

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