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As part of our commitment to continuously seek to improve and adopt best practices within pilotage. We visited Dail Eireann to meet Senator Craughwell, we had a very productive discussion and we look forward to continuing these discussions with the Senator and in time the transport committee.

We had a very successful conference in Galway and are delighted to share the report of the event. Once again we would like to thank our generous sponsors, speakers and all who attended. We will look forward to the next one!

AMPI Conference Program 2023

AMPI Conference 2023

IMPA 2022 Ladder Safety Campaign

IMPA has once again carried out its annual safety campaign. AMPI would like to thank its members for participating in great numbers again this year.

Some of the headline figures:

17% - Percentage of non-compliant PTA’s overall 

88% - Percentage of non-compliant arrangements which were not reported to authorities 

31% - Percentage of non-compliant arrangements due to incorrectly rigged heaving line.

Marine Ireland Industry Network

We very much welcome the development of the Marine Ireland Industry Network Ireland. We have recently had an article published on their website which can be viewed through the below link.

Pilot Ladder Inspection Campaign

The pilot transfer is recognized as one of the most dangerous elements of pilotage operations. With that in mind AMPI welcome this inspection campaign by the Bahamas Administration and hope other administrations will follow their excellent lead.

AMPI Chairman elected EMPA Board Member

During the recently held EMPA GM our chairman Captain Patrick Galvin was appointed to the board of EMPA. A fantastic acheivement and a huge honor to work with our European colleagues. Patrick is the first Irish representative to be appointed to the board and we wish him well.

AMPI Pilot Transfer Arrangement Guidelines

Our Association inspired by, and in conjunction with our colleagues in The Netherlands and Belgium have created this document advising vessels on the rigging of Pilot Transfer Arrangements entering Irish Ports.

The document highlights some of the most common mistakes we see in the rigging of Pilot Transfer Arrangements.

The document can be found by following this link;


AMPI is delighted to have signed up to this extremely worthwhile and badly needed initiative. Seafarers are the lifeline for the world's economy and trade, and need to be treated as such. For more details please see:

The Neptune Declaration urges the implementation of four main actions to address the crisis:

  • Recognize seafarers as key workers and give them priority access to Covid-19 vaccines

  • Establish and implement gold standard health protocols based on existing best practice

  • Increase collaboration between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes

  • Ensure air connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers

IMPA 2020 Safety Campaign Results

Sandy Hook Pilot fatally injured while boarding a vessel

On Wednesday night, an experienced marine pilot with the Sandy Hook Pilots Association fell from a pilot ladder and was fatally injured. It was the second fatality in a year for the Sandy Hook pilots.

At about 2230 hours last night, pilot Capt. Timothy M. Murray fell from a pilot ladder while boarding a tanker inbound for the Port of New York and New Jersey. He landed on the deck of the pilot boat and sustained injuries in the fall, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. New York City Fire Department and Coast Guard assets responded to the scene, and FDNY paramedics transferred to the pilot vessel to provide CPR. The pilot vessel transited to Staten Island and the victim was transferred to Staten Island University North Hospital in critical condition. He did not survive his injuries. 

Capt. Murray had been a marine pilot at the Port of New York and New Jersey for more than eight years. According to the pilots' assocation, he is survived by his wife Erin, his five children (Brennan, Rory, Grace, James, Ella), his mother Kathleen and his three siblings (Jackie, Sean and Kathleen).

The U.S. Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the cause of the casualty. 

The fall was the second fatal pilot ladder accident involving a Sandy Hook pilot in eight months. On the morning of December 30, 2019, marine pilot Captain Dennis R. Sherwood was involved in an incident while boarding the inbound container ship Maersk Kensington. He was injured after falling from an accommodation ladder and was evacuated to a medical facility on Staten Island. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. 

The climb from a moving pilot boat up the side of a moving ship involves risk, and pilot ladder accidents are not uncommon. In an attempt to address pilot transfer safety issues, SOLAS V Regulation 23 provides specific measures for pilot ladder arrangements and equipment, but many marine pilots report that these rules are not always followed. 

In a letter to all state pilotage authorities issued earlier this year, the American Pilots' Association warned of the risk of improperly rigged "trapdoor" pilot ladder arrangements. The trapdoor ladder uses a combination of an accommodations ladder and a pilot ladder for boarding. If the ladder is hung from the bottom of the accommodations ladder platform, the arrangement "requires a pilot to pull himself or herself up through the trapdoor while twisting to get a secure footing on the platform." Capt. Sherwood fell to his death while attempting that maneuver, according to the association. (Maritime Executive, 2020)

On behalf of AMPI we would like to extend condolences to his young family and his colleagues. There has been a go fund me setup for Timothy

Shannon Estuary pilots aid Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

The pilots on the Shannon estuary are assisting the Shannon Dolphin Project by logging bottlenose dolphin sightings. The pilots are on the river 364 days(they have Christmas day off) of the year. Therefore they are an invaluable resource to the Shannon dolphin project and the Irish Whale and Dolphin group by logging dolphin sightings. The data collected from pilots adds another stream of information to the Shannon Dolphin project which was not previously available. The marine biologists of the Shannon dolphin Project found it difficult to get out on the estuary during winter months due to weather, limiting the amount of time to mostly the summer months where they can log sightings.

The pilotage district on the Shannon Estuary is from Loop Head to Limerick docks, which is 100 Kilometres.

AMPI's submission to Ireland's Marine Spatial Plan

EU Directive 2014/89/EU requires Ireland to have a Marine Spatial Plan to be in place  by March 2021. 

The Department of Housing, Planning and local Government has been tasked with bringing this plan to fruition.

AMPI have decided to make a submission we feel will make changes for the better.

Marine Spatial Planning is a process that brings together multiple users of the ocean – including energy, industry, government, conservation and recreation – to make informed and coordinated decisions about how to use marine resources sustainably.

Please follow this link to AMPI's Marine Spatial Plan submission.

Substandard pilot training contributed to accident

The UK MAIB has released its report into the heavy contact of the CMA CGM Centaurus with a quay and shore cranes while berthing at the port of Jebel Ali.

They cite a lack of bridge resource management training as a contributing factor in this accident, with the ships officers and the pilot not working in unison.

AMPI recommends that all pilots are trained to the standards laid out in IMO A960 which was not the case in this situation.

Follow the link to the accident investigation report.

Unfortunate Accident on the River Thames

Accident during pilot transfer between general cargo vessel Sunmi and pilot transfer vessel Patrol with loss of 1 life

Grounding of container vessel

Grounding of the ultra-large container vessel CMA CGM Vasco de Gama

Houston Ship Pilots Receive IMO Bravery at Sea Award, Global Shipping's Highest Honour for Bravery

Two Houston Ship Pilots who risked their lives to bring a burning ship to safety and prevented a major maritime disaster on the Houston Ship Channel have been presented with the International Maritime Organisation Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, the highest honour for bravery at sea in global maritime industry.

AMPI named as a membership organisation of the IMDO

AMPI would like to thank the IMDO for including us to their list of membership organisations.  

It is a privilege to be on a list with these very well renowned and highly regarded organisations.

Pilot dies after falling into water

In a tragic accident in the port of Cascais a pilot lost his life while disembarking the Hong Kong flagged vessel Singapore Express.

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