Editorial

EDITORIAL OCTOBER 2008

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the 1987 Pilotage Act which transferred responsibility for UK pilotage from Trinity House to the ports. It seems strange that pilotage was singled out as an area where legislation was required, but the intense lobbying by the shipping and ports industries somehow convinced the Government that pilots were “strangulating trade” and unless this unruly body of individuals was regulated then the country would be brought to its knees! Read the rest of this entry »

EDITORIAL JULY 2008

The 120th UKMPA Conference was held in Harrogate in May and the excellent attendance by 49 delegates and pilots actually represents 10% of the total UKMPA membership. For those who didn’t attend this issue contains a brief resume of the proceedings and the notes from day 1 reveal the vast maritime spectrum that your elected representatives are involved in. Read the rest of this entry »

EDITORIAL APRIL 2008

The last year has seen several investigations into incidents involving pilots and one factor emerging is that frequently there has not been a clear communication between the Pilot and Master as to the intended passage / manoeuvre. Read the rest of this entry »

EDITORIAL APRIL 2008

The last year has seen several investigations into incidents involving pilots and one factor emerging is that frequently there has not been a clear communication between the Pilot and Master as to the intended passage / manoeuvre. Read the rest of this entry »

EDITORIAL JANUARY 2008

The role of the pilot has never been easy to define but generally the Master pilot relationship results in a mutual understanding that works remarkably well considering the number of ship movements that are undertaken without incident throughout the world every day. Read the rest of this entry »

EDITORIAL

In dealing with all the politics and
legislation of pilotage it is easy to lose sight
of the fact that ours is one of the few jobs
left where the basics have remained
relatively unchanged for centuries. Read the rest of this entry »

Captain Colin Vine

CAPTAIN COLIN VINE DSC RD RNR FNI

Colin Frank VINE was born in November 1915 and died in May 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

EDITORIAL 08/07

Editorial

I make no apologies for including another pilotage incident report as the feature this quarter because the very nature of our work means that we have a very high statistical chance of being involved in an incident. Read the rest of this entry »

Editorial 04/07

For this month’s feature I have chosen the MAIB report into a collision, grounding and sinking on the Elbe at the entrance to Brunsbuttel locks which subsequently resulted in a further collision with the wreck of the earlier incident. Read the rest of this entry »

Editorial 10/06

Editorial

I decided to make e-Navigation the feature for this quarter because I believe that the subject is going to become one of the key issues for debate in the near future and the outcome will inevitably impact on pilotage. Read the rest of this entry »

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