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Importance of training in the use of Portable Pilot Units David Hedgley


Portable Pilotage Units (PPUs) have been in the marine industry for many years and are fast becoming ‘normal’ on the bridges of ships in pilotage waters around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

The Technical and Training Committee: Nick Lee

At the Association’s annual conferences I talked about how the technical and training committee (T&TC) is formed. This is a busy group carrying out important work in conjunction with the executives who form the Section Committee. Read the rest of this entry »

Chartered Master Mariner Award


UKMPA Secretary General Don Cockrill MBE receives the HCMM Charter award

The Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM) under its Royal Charter has been allowed to grant Chartered Status to Master Mariners. Read the rest of this entry »

Piloting The Aircraft Carrier: Queen Elizabeth: Jerry Purvis

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On 3 rd July 2008 the contract to build two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy was signed. The vessels are sometimes described as supercarriers by the media. They displace approximately 65000t, over three times the displacement of their predecessors, the Invincible class carriers, and are 285m LOA. They are the largest warships ever built in the United Kingdom and will be the largest warships ever in the Royal Navy, and are named HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. Read the rest of this entry »

CHIRP (Confidential Hazardous Information Reporting) reports

Members may wish to familiarise themselves with the following incidents which could or did happen in pilotage waters. Read the rest of this entry »

World’s biggest container ship: HR Wallingford and Harwich Haven Authority: Mike Robarts


The World’s biggest container ship eases into Felixstowe after pilot training using HR Wallingford’s navigation simulators, 12 June 2017 

Madrid Maersk, the latest in a long line of record-breaking container ships, arrived on 6 June 2017 at the Port of Felixstowe’s newest quay, its first port of call in Northern Europe on its maiden voyage. Read the rest of this entry »

Rolls-Royce tests remote vessel


Photo: Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce and Svitzer have successfully demonstrated the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel in Copenhagen harbour, Denmark. Lloyds Register (LR) provided assurance for the vessel against our cyber-enabled ships ShipRight procedure. Read the rest of this entry »

First ships in the world to be certified Cyber SAFE delivered Lloyd’s Register


Photo: Lloyds

The first ships to be classed with Lloyd’s Register’s cyber notations have been delivered to Global United in Korea. Read the rest of this entry »

Partnership to build world’s first autonomous and zero emissions ship

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The vessel Yara Birkeland will be the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship, with zero emissions. Operation is planned to start in the latter half of 2018, shipping products from Yara’s Porsgrunn production plant to Brevik and Larvik in Norway. Read the rest of this entry »

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