Technical and Training

Report of the 2018 IMPA Congress Senegal, 21-27 April 2018: Peter Lightfoot


The UKMPA delegates: L-R: Don Cockrill MBE, John Pearn, Nick Lee,Mike Morris & Peter Lightfoot

At IMPA 2012 in London, it was announced that Senegal would host the 2018 IMPA Congress. Read the rest of this entry »

Maersk Selects Sea Machines for World’s First AI-Powered Situational Awareness System aboard a Container Ship Peter Amelia Smith


Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics announces today that it has signed a contract with A.P. Moller-Maersk, of Copenhagen, Denmark, to trial its industry-leading perception and situational awareness technology aboard one of the company’s new-build Winter Palace ice-class container ships. Read the rest of this entry »

APPMPG update Hywel Pugh


I represented the Association at the recent All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group (APPMPG). Read the rest of this entry »

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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

Carrier 5


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 »

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