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United Kingdom Maritime Pilots' Association

Supporting Pilots - Protecting Trade

The UKMPA represents approximately 500 highly skilled UK Maritime Pilots.

Their role is to safely navigate ships in and out of the United Kingdom’s waterways and ports.

This undertaking is critical to protecting the country’s infrastructure and environment from damage and pollution, whilst ensuring the safe and efficient movement of 95% (by volume) of the UK imports and exports.

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News & Updates

Campaign 'Safe Haven'

Our new mental health support service for members.

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Spring 2023 - UK Harbour Masters Association Conference

2023 marks the 30th year of the UKHMA and this year HRH the Princess Royal, Patron, UK Harbour Masters Association shall be in attendance.

UKMPA are here to engage with UK Harbour Masters as well as the wider maritime community.

UKHMA website


Thank you to all our members for submitting your reports to the IMPA Ladder Safety Campaign. The campaign was well supported, we appreciate your time in submitting your reports.

Safe Practices

The transfer of a Pilot between pilot boat and ship presents significant risks that need to be carefully managed. This Code gives guidance to improve the control of these risks.

Please download a copy.


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