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Pilots face unique working conditions which can put them under a lot of stress. KVH Videotel are offering free access to their new training package: Seafarers’ Mental Health and Wellbeing.

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IMPA 2020 Pilot Ladder Defect Campaign

Running from 1st to 22nd October 2020. (note: extended date)

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Welcome to The UK Maritime Pilots’ Association

In the United Kingdom, 95% of goods imported and exported pass through our seaports.

The United Kingdom Maritime Pilots’ Association (UKMPA) is the representative professional body for Maritime Pilots in the United Kingdom.

Marine Pilots are highly skilled experts authorised to pilot ships in their respective districts. Taking the navigational conduct of the world’s largest vessels during the often most hazardous part of their voyage. The fundamental purpose of maritime pilotage is to ensure safety, security, environmental protection and port efficiency.

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Statement by The Shipping Minister 22nd April 2020

Maritime sector is doing work of ‘national importance’ — UK minister

UK Shipping Minister Kelly Tolhurst says the maritime sector’s response to the current health crisis has been ‘remarkable’

The Coronavirus outbreak is among the biggest challenges our transport industry has ever faced.

While it’s essential that the vast majority of the population stays at home, I recognise that it’s not possible for many maritime and supply chain workers.
But despite the unprecedented difficulties, the industry has responded magnificently, working round the clock to keep the nation fuelled, fed and supplied with vital goods.
That means we have the medicines we need. It means supermarket shelves across the country can be replenished enight. It means the nation’s provided with energy. And it means our ports can keep operating safely and efficiently.

So I want to pay tribute to all those in maritime who have gone out to work during this time of national crisis, from every port employee to every seafarer. 
As workers doing a job of national importance, rest assured that your own health and safety remains of upmost importance. That is why we’ve issued guidance for those working at ports and at sea to protect themselves and minimise the potential for further infections.

Thanks to your diligence and professionalism in following these guidelines, you have not only helped reduce the spread of the virus. You have also strengthened the resilience of the country and saved countless lives.
I also know how hard the virus has hit the cruise sector. I’m immensely grateful to all the operators who have worked tirelessly with us to bring passengers home safely. 

We’re in constant dialogue with the maritime industry to monitor progress and the changing nature of the outbreak. We’ve already made £330 billion available across the economy to help companies stay afloat, and we’re providing non-working employees with up to 80% of their wage. And we stand ready to take further action and bolster our support for the industry as the pandemic develops. 

I know how challenging these past few weeks have been for every part of the maritime sector. But the way in which you have rallied and risen to the challenge has been remarkable. There will be more difficult months ahead. But when we recover from this crisis, the whole nation will owe you a debt of gratitude for your outstanding service.

Kelly Tolhurst MP – Minister for Maritime, Aviation & Security.


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Pilot Ladder defect reporting App launched

Pilot Ladder defect reporting App launched

Published on August 30th, 2019

UKMPA Pilot App The UKMPA Pilot App is now available for download and use on the Google Play Store for Android and on the ...

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International Symposium on Extreme Maritime Weather

The Symposium, through a program of presentations and discussions featuring representatives of both WMO and IMO, other international organizations, including shipping, industry and insurance communities, aims at finding possible solutions to risks created by extreme maritime weather events – those which are dangerous to any vessel at sea and are a threat to life, property and the marine environment, notwithstanding the economic impacts to the global blue economy.

Hosted by: IMO & WMO
Venue: London, IMO HQ, 23-25 October 2019
Date: 23 - 25 October 2019

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