‘Tug Use In Port’:Henk Hensen.


Safe pilotage depends on the pilot being aware of all the elements likely to be encountered, and where required tugs will be an integral part of the manoeuvre. It is therefore essential that all pilots are fully aware of the type of tugs that have been allocated to the vessel and the tugs’ operational capabilities.

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Product Review: Transas Pilot Pro App: John Clandillon-Baker FNI

Several years ago Transas produced their iSailor app for iPads & iPhones. Based on their professional ECN vector charting system, the app provided a reasonably priced user friendly Electronic Charting System (ECS). Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: ‘Shiphandling with Azimuthing Podded Propulsors’: Capt. Aniker.

Author: Capt. Aniker. Dekas Pilotage Company, January 2015.

Reviewed by: Tim Wingate

Captain Aniker gives as his reason for writing the book his concern, like many others in our profession, that training, knowledge and experience in ships fitted with Azimuthing propulsion units is very limited. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: Pilot Cutters under Sail: Pilots & Pilotage in Britain and Northern Europe by Tom Cunliffe


At the turn of the millennium, the French specialist maritime heritage publisher, Chasse Maree, planned a major series of three books on sailing pilot cutters, simply titled “Pilots” and the first two were published in 2002 & 2003. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: Deep sea and foreign going. Inside shipping. The invisible industry that brings you 90% of everything by Rose George



Rose George took passage from Felixstowe to Singapore on board MAERSK KENDAL, noting her adventures and surrounding her account of the voyage with the results of research into the industry and seafaring, interview extracts, salty anecdotes and true stories, and her learning from seminars and conferences. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: East a Half South. John Curry

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I am pleased to announce the publication of Retired Liverpool pilot, John Curry’s, autobiography. As I anticipated  in my pre-publication notice in issue 310, John has produced a well written account of his life in Liverpool in general and time serving as a Liverpool pilot in particular. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: Navigating the Human element

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For several decades the importance of the Human Element has become an increasingly integral part of all aspects of professional maritime training.  Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: Those in Peril, A Blue Funnel Story By: Ian Cook

Following on from Peter Russell’s     “Unplanned Passage” that I reviewed last year (issue 304) I recently received this book from retired New Zealand pilot, Ian Cook. Read the rest of this entry »

CARGO LINERS By Ambrose Greenway

There have been a number of books published over the years covering shipping and the development of ships over the centuries but the vast majority have either covered general sailing and powered merchant vessel or specific companies or trades. Many of these books have been rich in photos but short on detail. Read the rest of this entry »



Len Holder will be known to many through his work as a college lecturer at Liverpool,  his membership of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and  as a former President of the Nautical Institute. Read the rest of this entry »

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