The latest issues: 325 & 326

Obituary: Tom Watson 1917-2017

Tom Watson

Thomas Anthony Watson was born on 13 th July 1917, and watching steamers on the Thames as a child from his home at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, inspired his nautical interest. Read the rest of this entry »

Commendation: Tristan Gurd, Falmouth Pilot by Mike Robarts


M.V Kuzma Minin: Image Courtesy: Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team

The Chairman in his report noted the brave efforts of Pilot Tristan Gurd in the rescue of the vessel M.V Kuzma Minin and her crew.

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Chairman’s Report Issue 325: John Pearn



Dangerous pilot ladders, and issues arising from them, continue to cross my desk on a daily basis. Read the rest of this entry »

‘I’ve got a nice little job for you’ : Martin James



I’m sure every pilot has received a phone call from the pilot office and had these words said to him. Read the rest of this entry »

Pilot Embarkation Platforms: Kevin Valance


Photograph 1: ‘Embarkation platform’.Kevin Vallance

During the transit time on the pilot launch between the shore and the vessel, pilots will spend at least a portion of that time carrying out (either consciously or subconsciously) a risk assessment of the forthcoming operation. Read the rest of this entry »

Cruise Ship Season : Lindsey Wigmore

Cruise 1

Having now clocked up 30 years as a Great Yarmouth pilot where the main trades are offshore and coastal ships it was interesting to have the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary – in this case, the cruise liner M.V Seabourn Quest. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Obituary: David White 1945-2018

David White

David White, was a maritime pilot from 1979 until his death this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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