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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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London International Shipping Week (LISW) is, beyond question, one of the most important international shipping and maritime events in the world. Having grown consistently – and rapidly – since its conception in September 2013, LISW is set to become an even bigger event in 2023, when the shipping world is able to meet again in person and in earnest.

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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.

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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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EMPA 2023 Football Tournament

Congratulations to all involved and to the UK/French team for their win this year.

The EMPA 2023 football tournament was played in Vlissingen, Holland, which consisted of 9 teams from around Europe.

The UK Pilots team included pilots from the Tees, Liverpool, Bristol and London. Five colleagues from the French Pilot Service were invited to join the UK team, due to not having enough players to form their own team this year.

The semi-finals consisted of playing the home favourites Vlissingen, in which we won 3 – 1. This then followed by playing the Spanish team in the final to win 2 – 1 in extra time. Our Dutch colleagues were brilliant throughout and put on a fantastic tournament and presentation.

Thanks to our French colleagues / friends, for joining the team, we look forward to the upcoming 2024 tournament.

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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.

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