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Marine Pilotage



This unique Diploma has been developed to educate those working the marine pilotage sector. With this course you will develop your skills and improve your knowledge of the industry. This course will give you a greater understanding of the role of the marine pilot and in turn will give you the skills necessary to build a successful career within this growing industry.

Module subjects include key topics such as the types of pilotage, ship handling and bridge management as well as other essential subjects such as pilotage law, port control and boarding emergencies.



The course consists of 10 modules. All students are required to successfully complete and pass the module assignments. Diploma students will also be required to sit and pass a final examination.

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“Very satisfied with the course content. The support staff are very prompt in addressing any grievances. My understanding of the role of the Pilot has been further improved after doing this course”

Captain Conrad John Aranjo

“A great and absolutely go for course if you are planning to make the shift of becoming a Pilot, not only because it is unique and the only course exists in industry, but also because of the tonnes of knowledge included which written and set up by highly achieved Master Mariners and Pilots of tracked records.”

Mohamad Ismail – Second Officer


This course is for marine pilots and people working in related areas that wish to learn about this part of the marine industry. Ideal for the professional looking to update and consolidate their knowledge and the novice wishing to start a career.

This Course has 10 modules

Meet the Course Director

Chris Hoyle

There are few people more passionate about pilotage than Chris Hoyle.

He started his career with a merchant navy background and has held a Class 1 Master Mariner Unlimited from 2001. After ten years at sea, he started a shore-based career initially as Supervisor and Duty Harbour Master responsible for the safety of navigation within the Southampton and Solent vessel traffic services (VTS) area, before qualifying as an Unrestricted Senior First Class Pilot where he has conducted some of the world’s largest vessels in the UK’s busiest stretch of water.

Chris is currently the Vice Chairman of the United Kingdom’s Maritime Pilots Association (UKMPA) and is instrumental in developing design ideas with Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the Royal College of Arts, Chris’s collaborative approach makes him the ideal Course Director for our diploma. Chris is focused on stakeholders’ awareness of, and engagement with, the marine pilotage industry. He is the current editor of the UKMPA’s popular The Pilot Magazine.

This broad base of knowledge and experience brings an ideal support mechanism for our students.

If you would like to complete this as a Classroom based course, click here for more information.

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Supported by:

Keystone Law
Global HR & Payroll Expertise (CESG)
British Marine
PYA - The Professional Yachting Association
Ocean Independence
MYBA - The Worldwide Yachting Association
Marine Society
Lead Yacht Underwriters Limited
IASA - The International Association of Ship Repair Agents