The latest issues: 325 & 326

Chairman’s Report: John Pearn


It is with great sadness that I have to report another pilot fatality, Capt. Cals fell to his death on 4 th February whilst boarding a vessel in Sepetiba, Brazil. Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues. Read the rest of this entry »

Pilot Boarding and Landing – use of Personal Emergency Radio Devices: Nick Lee, T&TC Chairman Smith


On behalf of the Association Members the Technical and Training Committee have been investigating the use of Personal Locator Beacons. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Cunard Queens Event: Noel Beckett

Southampton, 10 August 2018

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Photo: Courtesy of Ryde Church webcam

Southampton is the home port of all Carnival UK ships, including the three Cunard Queens. Occasionally (who knows whether it is planned or just lucky?), they visit Southampton on the same day. Read the rest of this entry »

Compliant Pilot Ladder Lengths: Kevin Vallance

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There are many things in both our everyday and professional lives we take for granted and never question the origins of. An example of this might be the IMPA recommended ‘pilot mark or pilot line’, sometimes seen on the side of vessels to indicate where a vessel’s freeboard exceeds nine metres. Read the rest of this entry »

Preston Docks: Mike Robarts

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Preston Marina, built in what used to be Preston Dock, recently welcomed a commercial vessel. The publicised arrival attracted social media, which led me to do some research about the port. The original dock was closed to commercial shipping in 1981. Read the rest of this entry »

Non Routine Pilotage Acts: Mike Robarts

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No, it’s not a shore silo but a flettner Rotor foremast!

Pilots are used to the next pilotage order being given, however some are involved in projects which could be seen as non-routine acts of pilotage, which require some more thought and plenty of planning. Read the rest of this entry »

Another advantage of using a Portable Pilot Unit (PPU)– I say yes: Julian Parkin, (Plymouth)


Error!! Is it the PPU or the chart? Photo: Julian Parkin

My first introduction to a PPU system was initiated when an SHA who I work for as part of my contract with my CHA as a pilot asked a question ‘What is the largest cruise ship we could bring into the port?’ Read the rest of this entry »

Obituary: Harold (Harry) M. Hignett 1927-2018

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Sadly Harry died Saturday 15 th September 2018, he was 91 years old. Read the rest of this entry »

Peter Widd & Paul Fronteras

The Pilot Magazine would also like to record the sad passing of the following colleagues: Peter Widd, a former Port of London Authority Pilot who joined the pilotage service when it was run by Trinity House and Paul Fronteras, a former Plymouth Pilot and Younger Brother of Trinity House.


Obituary: Captain Robert Anderson 1949-2018

Robert Anderson sadly passed away shortly after his 69th birthday at the Causeway hospital in Coleraine. Read the rest of this entry »

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