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Chairman’s Report: Mike Morris

It is an honour and great pleasure to address you as the Chairman of the UKMPA in this issue of the Pilot magazine. I wish to praise the stewardship of John Pearn our outgoing Chairman for the dedication and passion he has shown throughout his tenure during the last three years. I am pleased to say that as IMPA Vice President John has agreed to remain on the executive for the immediate future, so with the wisdom and guidance of both John and Don Cockrill as Secretary General, I hope to carry forward the good work begun by them.

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The Pros and Cons of the Con – Time to call a Truce

William Hargreaves (Southampton)

There has over the last few years been considerable discussion about the role of the pilot, not least in the pages of ‘Seaways’. Does he or she have conduct of the vessel, or is the pilot merely an adviser? By definition, a debate has two sides: us and them, pilots and bridge teams.But it shouldn’t be adversarial at all. Pilots and bridge teams are actually on the same side. What both parties want is a successful act of pilotage with the minimum amount of paperwork, hopefully conducted in a pleasant and supportive environment with a mutual respect for each other’s professionalism.

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53The General Meeting and Conference

Liverpool 22-24 May 2019: James Foster (Medway)

Jonathan Mills and Ian McMahon and me (James Foster) attended the above conference in Liverpool. It was a three-day conference with over 250 attendees, primarily pilots from all around the world, with 25 presentations, coupled with discussions and Q&A sessions.

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Pilots’ Golf 2019

Malcolm Watts

Fourteen members from five Districts met at Shawhills Golf Course in early May to do battle on the golf course.

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Michael Robarts (Ed)

The All Parliamentary Parties Maritime and Ports Group (APPMPG) meetings give the Association an opportunity to network and speak with MPs, peers in the House of Lords and people involved in shipping and ports. Various topics are covered in these meetings, and there are questions and answers, each meeting lasting about one hour.

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Pilot Ladder Accident

Agha Umar Habib

This is a first hand account by a pilot at the port of Sohar, of what it is like when a pilot ladder being climbed, breaks. The article has been kindly reprinted from a post in Linkedin. (Ed).

One never appreciates life unless one encounters death!

My fall in the water on July 23 th , 2019 was an event which re-affirmed my faith in God. The accident was something I had to encounter due to someone else’s negligence. I was gratified to my God for not inflicting any mental or bodily harm to me.

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Defective Passage Plan:

Christian Dwyer & Sophie Henniker-Major

Sophie Henniker-Major
Christian Dwyer

Alize 1954 and CMA CGM SA v. Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG and others (CMA CGM Libra) (2019) EWHC 481 (Admlty)

In this recent judgment, in the context of a claim by Owners for a contribution in General Average (“GA”), the Court considered whether a defective passage plan, prepared prior to the commencement of the voyage, rendered the Vessel unseaworthy. On the facts, it was found that even though the Owners had in place good safety management practices, the Vessel was unseaworthy on the basis that a prudent owner would not have sent the Vessel to sea with such a defective plan, and that due diligence had not been exercised.

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‘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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