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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:

Spring 2023 - UK Harbour Masters Association Conference in Edinburgh

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

135th UKMPA AGM - 13th September 2023

UKMPA are pleased to announce that our annual general meeting will be held in London at the impressive new venue of 8 Bishopsgate.

Post AGM we will host a meet and greet mixer engagement event, to increase awareness of our crucial role within the UK & international maritime industry.

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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.


Coronavirus – See advice

During the Coronavirus pandemic pilots are considered Essential/Frontline/Key-workers. For the latest advice view our Coronavirus page.

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Small Ports UK

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