Pilots from 18 Districts attended its Inaugural Conference, its objective was to influence the development of Pilotage and Associated Regulations, including Acts of Parliament, and to help those members around the country who found themselves in difficulty.
Unlike most other industry stakeholders the work of the UKMPA is carried out entirely by working pilots. The members of the Association elect the Executive Committee, which consists of 9 pilots; a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary General and 6 regional representatives. The Executive Committee undertakes the day to day running of the UKMPA. In addition there are 6 regional deputies.
The members of the Executive Committee meet regularly with industry stakeholders in many different forums to ensure that the professional interests of pilots (which directly impact on the safe and efficient operation of UK ports) are fully understood and taken into account. We meet regularly with the DfT, MCA, PMSC Steering Group, BPA, UKMPG, Port Skills and Safety (where we are helping to develop the a national Pilot qualification with other industry representatives), UKHMA, MAIB and CHIRP. The UKMPA is willing to participate proactively wherever its skills and experience can provide a positive contribution the Ports and Shipping industries.
The work of the UKMPA is also supported by a Technical and Training Committee, which concerns itself with safety matters, technical innovations and developments and pilot training.
The UKMPA is a major contributor to the European Maritime Pilots’ Association, (EMPA) and the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA).
EMPA is based in Brussels, and concerns itself with Pilotage on a European scale regularly engaging with the European Union and other ports industry related European Associations, to serve the interests of pilots throughout Europe.
IMPA is based in London. It is a very highly respected NGO at the IMO. IMPA ensures that Pilots’ interests world-wide are not compromised by commercial interests which often overlook safety matters, many of which directly impact upon pilots. Such issues include correct provision and standards for boarding arrangements, practical ship construction solutions and currently the sensible development of e-nav innovations.
The UKMPA communicates with its members through The Pilot magazine, published quarterly and Newsletters via a network of Local Secretaries which also ensure rapid reliable distribution of Circular letters for important information, including EMPA Bulletins and IMPA Notices. The Association’s website, Linked-in forum and Twitter feed additionally share information amongst members and facilitate discussion on numerous issues.
The U.K.P.A. was involved with the development of all the Pilotage Acts from 1889 to 1987 and the Merchant Shipping Act of 1894. Other examples of matters addressed by the U.K.P.A. include a resolution at the 1934 Conference “that a Pilots’ Benefit Fund be established in every port”. In 1942 the pilots from 5 Districts decided to leave the U.K.P.A. and joined the T&G, forming the Marine Pilots’ Branch (M.P.B.)
In 1963 the U.K.P.A. participated in the discussions which led to the formation of the European Maritime Pilots Association (E.M.P.A.), formally joining the new organisation in 1964. In 1985 the U.K.P.A. was faced with several problems, not least that (shared with the M.P.B.) of impending radical legislation and the UKPA and MPB joined forces to become the U.K.P.A.(M), a section of the Transport & General Workers’ Union.
In 2000, Conference voted to rename the Association the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots’ Association (UKMPA). Today, the UKMPA retains the same day to day autonomy as had been the case with the two previous organisations, but under the umbrella of the Unite rules.