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Outline Programme for the Conference

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

Delegates arrive during the day.

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 Outline of  recent Pilot Boat Incidents 

Changes made as a result of the Finnish pilot boat accident.                    Aki Marjasvaara (Finnpilot)

Belgian Incident                                                                                                   Yves Goossens (CEO of VLOOT)

1000 – Morning Coffee

1030 Pilot Boat safety

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)

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

Pilot PPE Compatibility                                                                                      Jeremy Dale (SeaSafe)

Coldwater Shock                                                                                                   Speaker TBA

Search & Rescue                                                                                                   Gareth Wilson (UKMPA)

1500 Afternoon Tea


Sea Survival for Pilots                                                                                         Gareth Wilson (UKMPA)

Emergency Casualty Care                                                                                  Speaker 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

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)

Recent Development in the Field of Autonomous Ships                                 James Cowles  (L3ASV )

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

1100  TBC


1230 Lunch


1330 – EMPA Members only – Closed Session

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 shuttle transport 2300 

Note tours of the tower will be available which involves a lift plus 108 steps

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