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Outline Programme for the Conference

Tuesday 21st                                  Delegates arrive during the day

EMPA Board of Directors meeting & UKMPA executive meetings

1730 – 1830  EMPA Council of Presidents (CoP) meeting – Salisbury Suite


19:00 – Evening Reception at the Crowne Plaza hotel

Sponsored by Cadden 

Dress code: Smart Casual

Wednesday 22nd             All day – Conference open session

0900    Welcome Speeches
John Pearn                  Chairman UKMPA
Stein Inge Dahn         President EMPA

0920 Keynote Speech              

Lord Tony Berkeley,  UKMPA Hon. President

0930.  International Challenges and Developments in pilotage .    

Simon Pelletier      President IMPA

0945 – Morning Coffee

1010. Pilot Boat safety

The Finnish pilot boat accident.   Explanation and changes                       Aki Marjasvaara (Finnpilot)

Dutch Pilot Boat Operations                                                                              Dick Rijnsaardt (NLC)

Safety And Reliability Advancements in the Modern Pilot Vessel             Carl Mahler  (Baltic Workboats)

Enhanced Safety of Pilot Transfers Through Use of SWATH boats           Nils Olschner (Abeking and Rasmussen)

A Holistic Approach to Shock Mitigation On Pilot Cutters                          John Haynes  (Shock Mitigation)

Issues in High Speed craft seat design                                                             Jules Morgan & Jonathan Young (KPM Marine-Scotseats)

Helicopter Operations in Germany                                                                  William Long & Lars Hilgert (Airbus)

1230 Lunch

1330 Pilot Personal Safety

Introduction                                                                                                          Nick Lee (UKMPA)

Pilot PPE Compatibility                                                                                      Jeremy Dale (SeaSafe)

Portuguese Pilot Fatality – What happened.                                                  Miguel Castro (Apibarra)

Training the Casualty                                                                                         Gareth Wilson (UKMPA)

1500 Afternoon Tea


Sunmi: Anatomy of an Incident                                                                       Nick Lee (UKMPA)

The Pilot as an Emergency Resource                                                              Gareth Wilson (UKMPA)

Group Discussion: Where do we go from here?                                           Moderator:  TBA


1700 Conference day 1 close


18:30 – Walk to the Evening Reception at the Maritime Museum

Sponsored by Airbus Helicopters

Dress code: Smart Casual

There will be a charity auction for a day sailing for 12 people on The Solent raising funds for  the Tall Ships Youth Trust new flagship appeal. Click here for details


Thursday 23rd

0820 – 0850 – closed session EMPA technical meeting – members only.

Conference open session

0900 Technology Developments

Technology to Help Pilots                                                                                     Dale Marsh  (Navicom Dynamics)

Multi-purpose ENCs for Ports                                                                             Caroline Levey  (Oceanwise)

The Benefits of Port Digitalization to the Maritime Pilot                               David Yeo  (Innovez-One)

1030 Morning Coffee

How to Select the Correct PPU for Your Port                                                    Stephane Monnier  (Cadden)

Brazillian Pilot App Development                                                                       Porthus Lima  (Technical Director Conapra)

Autonomous vessel developments                                                                       Sanna Sonninen    (Finnpilots)

1230 Lunch


14:00 – Delegates’ Tour of Local iconic attractions

Sponsored by Liverpool Pilotage Services

18:00 – Reception at Anfield (Liverpool FC) Stadium

Return shuttle transport 21:30 – 22:30

Friday 24th

0820 – 0850 – closed session EMPA Deep Sea Pilots’ meeting – members only.

Conference open session

0900 Human factors in Pilotage

Leading the Task                                                                                                      Matt Easton  (Liverpool Pilots)

Blind Trust                                                                                                                Ed Verbeeck

Situational Awareness – an AIB’s perspective                                                   Tony Brown (Principal Inspector – MAIB)

1030 Morning Coffee


BRM Matters                                                                                                             Bob Hubble (Wrightway Training)

Towage Safety issues                                                                                                Scott Baker (Svitzer)

Developments in Tug Design                                                                                  John Nieboer (Damen)

1230 Lunch


1330 – EMPA Members only – Closed Session – Click here for the Agenda

1630 – UKMPA Members only – Statutory AGM – Closed Session


18:30 – Gala Dinner at the Anglican Cathedral

Sponsored by Svitzer

Dress code:  Black Tie (Tuxedo) / National Dress

Transport 1800-1815 from Crowne Plaza

Return Transport from 2300, last coach at 2359.


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