Chairman’s Report: Don Cockrill



It was a great pleasure to see a packed room for the 126th conference in Chester last November. Read the rest of this entry »

126th UKMPA Conference: Mike Robarts


Members and guests arrived at the Queen Hotel in Chester on the afternoon of the 25 November 2014 for a cruise hosted by Carmet Tugs on the Manchester Ship Canal. Read the rest of this entry »

Westminster Reception: Mike Robarts



The Association is not a stranger to events at Westminster, and on 18 November 2014 we received an invitation to attend the annual UK Major Ports Groups reception. Representing the Association were Don Cockrill, Chairman, Susan Harrison, Crouch Harbour Master/Pilot, and Mike Robarts from Harwich Haven. Simon Baird, Chairman of UKMPG, addressed the Shipping Minister and Members of Parliament.
The Shipping Minister, John Hayes MP, then addressed the delegates. The event gave our Association representatives a useful opportunity to meet MPs and representatives from the Department for Transport, Chamber of Shipping and Trinity House.


Chairman’s Report, Spring 2014: Don Cockrill

Pilots and social responsibility This year sees the 500th anniversary of the Royal Charter of Trinity House, something which had a profound effect on maritime safety in the UK and ultimately globally, influencing
as it did standards of navigation, pilotage and other regulations. Read the rest of this entry »

Chairman’s Report December 2013: Don Cockrill



Transition into the winter has already given many of us some severe weather. Read the rest of this entry »

Chairman’s Report Summer 2013: Don Cockrill

You will be reading this with only a few weeks to go before the 125th UKMPA members’ conference with a full and varied programme including a presentation by Rt.Hon, Stephen Hammond MP – Shipping Minister. Read the rest of this entry »

Chairman’s Report: Don Cockrill

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I am writing this having just sat with UK delegation at the IMO STW (standards of training and watch-keeping) sub-committee meeting. Although there were no obvious matters of significance to pilots in the agenda, it was important that pilots were present so as to be able to react and inform if required. Read the rest of this entry »

Chairman’s Report Don Cockrill

With the festive season now a distant memory the year has kicked off at full tilt. Read the rest of this entry »


As I write this latest report to you, it seems incredible that a whole month has passed since the conclusion of the 21st IMPA congress in London which we hosted.  Read the rest of this entry »


By the time that you read this, we will be but a few weeks away from the 21st IMPA conference hosted by the UKMPA in London. Read the rest of this entry »

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