A message from the Puget Sound Pilots to the UKMPA Membership


Captain David Grobschmit:  President Puget Sound Pilots




The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin arrived and departed Seattle, Washington USA, 29th February and
1st March 2016. It was an historical event for this region of the Pacific North West.  Read the rest of this entry »

Pilot Training: Letter from T. Purvis

Reading an article in the New Zealand Pilot magazine ,it was raising the point of where the next generation of NZ pilots would come from. Read the rest of this entry »

Liverpool Retirements: Letter from Barrie Youde

No 4 William M Clarke Inspection Day

S.S. William M Clarke: Cutter No4 on inspection day. c. 1937

Photo: Liverpool Pilots’ Archives

John Curry’s article on the retirement of Stuart Wood, Geoff Rafferty and John himself marks both a vintage year at Liverpool and nothing less than the end of an era in pilotage, quite possibly throughout the entire world.

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Your Insurances

In the course of the many telephone conversations which I have with Pilots, it is often apparent that they are unsure as to exactly what cover they are paying for. Read the rest of this entry »

Blame & Shame. Letter to Lloyd’s List, Steve Pelecanos

Blame and shame is really just a wasted opportunity

By pure coincidence, at the same time as Dave Williamson wrote his thought provoking article (Pilots under siege?) a letter appeared in Lloyd’s List  written by IMPA Vice President and head of standards and training at the Australian Marine Pilots Association (AMPA), Steve Pelecanos which serves to underline the issues currently being debated by the UKMPA Read the rest of this entry »


Never before has the profession of the Maritime Pilot been subject to such trials and tribulations. Read the rest of this entry »

Letter: Squat

I am a retired Humber pilot and was interested to read the two articles in the January issue on Bridge Visibility and Squat. Read the rest of this entry »


Dear Editor.

In light of the usual doom and gloom we encounter regularly as part of our job lot as a pilot I would like, on behalf of Belfast Pilots, to present an update on a good news story. Read the rest of this entry »

Letter: 21st Century UKMPA

UKMPA – The Future?

It was with great interest I read John’s latest editorial in the January edition concerning the last ten years of pilotage in the UK and the predications for the future. Read the rest of this entry »

Trustees, Ray Eades

Dear Sir,

May I congratulate Richard Williamson on his excellent article in the Pilot No 288 where he explains with admirable clarity the responsibilities of Trustees? Read the rest of this entry »

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