Technical and Training

Portable Pilot Unit Workshop: Colin Pratt


In Spring of 2015 Marimatech sponsored a ‘Piloting Workshop’ in Göteborg. Most of the attendees were representatives of Scandinavian countries, although there was a small UK contingent of Chris Griffiths (Medway Pilots) and myself. Read the rest of this entry »

Future Ships – Smart For Sure, Unmanned Maybe?: Volker Bertram (RINA)


“The idea (of an unmanned ship)is not new, it has been around for decades but the difference is the technology now exists,” said Oskar Levander (Rolls-Royce) in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

The Invisible Killer: Mike Robarts

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– Okay, Cap’n, I wish you and your crew a safe voyage and we look forward to seeing you again.

– Thanks, Pilot, and all the best; the 3rd mate will show you the way
down to the pilot door.

In the passage way, the 3rd mate is about 15 metres ahead of you and starts to descend the ladder down the hatch. He collapses in front of your eyes – what do you do, where do you go, how do you raise the alarm – more importantly, what should you do? Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Plymouth University Research on Maritime Cyber Attacks Alan Williams

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According to new research maritime vessels are under significant threat of cyber-attack because many are carrying outdated software and were not designed with cyber security in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Criminality in the law of marine pilotage: Barrie Youde


The criminal law has a significant role in the law of marine pilotage, largely because the statute law of pilotage permits the public imposition of compulsory pilotage upon certain vessels in certain areas. It is only the statute law which permits any such imposition; and wherever it does not do so the general international liberty of navigation applies. Read the rest of this entry »

Concept Ship

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Autonomous shipping in our industry is occupying the attentions of designers and engineers in partnership with Flag States and Classification Societies. Over the next few years the proposal of Autonomous Ships is likely to be fiercely debated. Our Association was represented at the Nautical Institute seminar on Autonomous Ships held in September 2015 at Bristol, and our members’ notes from the meeting will be published in the next edition. This article by DNV – GL looks at the feasibility of a small autonomous coastal ship designed to be environmentally friendly whilst delivering cargo packages and is  published with the kind permission of Alexandra Jane Oliver PR Communications Expert, Media and Public Relations, Hamburg  Ed

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Piloting at the ‘edge-of-chaos’ : Peter McArthur



Many years of research devoted to trying to understand the underlying mechanics of marine hydrodynamics have been rewarded with the publication of a number of papers that attempt to explain both the resultant theoretical principles and their practical application in a simplistic, easily assimilable, manner. Read the rest of this entry »

All Parliamentary Parties Maritime & Ports Groups meetings: Mike Robarts


Your Association continues to be a presence at the All Parliamentary Parties Maritime and Ports Groups (APPMPG) meetings in Westminster’s committee rooms. Read the rest of this entry »

Piloting the 3 Queens at Liverpool: James Smart (Liverpool Pilot)

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I landed in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands on 23rd May 2015 to join Queen Elizabeth for the passage south to Liverpool. We were to take part in the ‘main event’ of Cunard’s ‘Three Queens’ meeting in the river Mersey to mark 175 years of Cunard.

My colleagues, Chris Booker for Queen Mary 2 and Simon Wood for Queen Victoria, had also travelled to Greenock and St Peter Port respectively in order to avoid any risk of not boarding safely at Liverpool Bar. We were to have navigation briefs onboard with all senior officers and two conference calls between the three ships and management ashore in Southampton, to iron out any last minute glitches and to discuss the weather likely on the day. Read the rest of this entry »

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