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 »

Can You Hack An Ecdis? : Yevgen Dyryavyy



Photo: JCB

In an increasingly connected world, cyber security is more important than ever. NCC Group, one of the world’s leading cyber security research companies, regularly investigates the susceptibility of non-traditional systems to attack in order to help raise awareness of the risks to these systems. Read the rest of this entry »

Westlaw UK Pilotage Law: Barrie Youde © 2014 Sweet & Maxwell Ltd


The Pilot is grateful for the kind permission by Sweet and Maxwell to reproduce the Westlaw UK Insight article on Pilotage, written  by Barrie Youde. Barrie is a former Liverpool Pilot and now a solicitor with RA Wilkinson & Co.


Photo: Andy Wallace. Port of London Authority

In strict terms, pilotage and navigation are one and the same thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Safe tug: From a tug master’s point of view: Bas van Hoorn

This article is reproduced with the kind permission of the publishers of the International Tug & OSV magazine. It was first published in their July/August 2013 edition. www.tugandosv.com. The Pilot Magazine would also like to pass on their thanks to Capt. Bas van Hoorn.

Tug Bas

My name is Bas van Hoorn and I am senior captain/instructor on all types of tugboats ranging from conventional single screw, stern drives, Voith Schneiders, tractors and Rotor®tugs. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine Implications of Molecular Hydrodynamics: Peter McArthur

Despite common perceptions,  water is one of the most complex and poorly understood substances we know. Read the rest of this entry »

Pilots: Training Matters! Mike Robarts

Training matters 1

It is encouraging to see technical contributions from members in this edition of ‘The Pilot’ magazine. To build on this I thought it might be interesting to discuss what some of our known organisations are developing in the way of training. Read the rest of this entry »

Master and Pilot Exchange Documentation: Richard Wild

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Bridge Procedures Guide (4th edition 2007) contains in Annexes A1 and A2 two forms for communicating information between ship and shore and shore and ship respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC©) Jonathon Pearce (OMC International)



Traditionally, ports have operated under fixed rules which govern the minimum under keel clearance (UKC) to permit safe transit along port approach channels. These rules may have been in existence for many years and in most cases they have an unblemished safety record but as they are based on the assumption that this clearance is sufficient regardless of the prevailing environmental conditions they can fail, often with disastrous consequences and evidence shows that up to five percent of transits are marginal, even unsafe. Read the rest of this entry »

Whither Towage: John Clandillon-Baker

The Paddle Tug

JMW Turner: The Fighting Temeraire being towed to Rotherhithe for scrapping in 1838. 

The relationship between UK pilots and towage goes back to the 1830’s when the concept of attaching a specially designed small vessel to tow bigger ships was first introduced into Britain.

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The tug Fairplay 1 capsized under the bow of the passenger ship Italia.            Photo: Jan Mordhorst

Every day pilots handle ships with the aid of tugs and whilst the vast majority of the manoeuvres pass off safely’ such operations  are inherently  dangerous and tragically when tug operations do go wrong they almost inevitably end up with a loss of life to the tug crew. Read the rest of this entry »

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