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Call for Papers

The United Kingdom Maritime Pilots Association (UKMPA) has the honour of hosting the European Maritime Pilots Association (EMPA) bi-annual conference in Liverpool in May 2019. In 2017 (Bergen) 2015 (Lisbon) and 2013 (Valetta), over 200 senior maritime delegates from around the world attended. There is also a supporting exhibition and there will be a gala dinner at the Anglican Cathedral on the 24th May.

We are now calling for abstracts of papers to be presented at the conference.

Abstracts should be submitted to chairman@ukmpa.org by 1stDecember 2018. They should be no longer than one page and should include the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s), the name(s) of those who will present it and the details of their work address, including the company or organisation name, address, telephone number and email address.

The conference programme will explore the following themes:

Implications for pilotage in Europe After Brexit

Pilots’ personal Safety

Technological Developments and Innovation

Tugs and Towage

Implications of LNG fuels on ship manoeuvring

Future Requirements for Ports and Shipping Industry

We will also consider any other items that are topical, informative and of interest to the Pilotage Industry

Please note that, in common with most such events, the organisers are not able to reimburse speaker’s travelling and accommodation costs but all selected speakers will be provided with a complimentary conference registration.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 1st February 2019. Papers and presentations must then be submitted by 1st April 2019.


Outline Programme for the Conference

[Monday 20th]                  EMPA Board of Directors and UKMPA Executive arrive – 

           Joint BoD and SC dinner


Tuesday 21st                       EMPA Board of Directors meeting & UKMPA executive meetings

                                                  GM Delegates Arrive &

Evening Reception at the Crowne Plaza hotel

Sponsored by Cadden 


Wednesday 22nd             All day – Conference open session

Evening Reception at the Maritime Museum


Thursday 23rd                  Morning – Conference open session

Afternoon –  Delegates’ Tour of Local iconic attractions


Evening – Reception at Anfield (Liverpool FC) Stadium


Friday 24th                          Morning – Conference open session

    Afternoon –  EMPA Members only Closed Session

    UKMPA Statutory AGM


Evening – Gala Dinner at the Anglican Cathedral



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