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Published 2nd Oct 2017

United Kingdom Maritime Pilots' Association (UKMPA) raised over £2,000 in aid of High Tide.

An annual event bringing together maritime pilots from across the globe helped to raise funds to help support the High Tide Foundation.

Last month (20th September) the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots' Association (UKMPA) held its Gala Dinner which saw over 190 guests enjoy an evening at the Jurys Inn which raised over £2,000 in aid of High Tide.

Maritime pilots work at ports throughout the world manoeuvring vessels to the berth. On Teesside, the Tees Bay Pilots, who are members of the High Tide Foundation, ensure vessels berth safely at Teesport and Hartlepool.

At the event achievements were celebrated and a number of lifetime membership awards were given which created a fantastic atmosphere. Through a raffle, the attendees helped to raise a fantastic amount which will be invested in the sustainability and further growth of High Tide’s unique educational programmes.

UKMPA secretary and Tees Bay Pilot, Peter Lightfoot said, “Tees Bay Pilots are very proud of the close port community that exists on the River Tees. They consider that the Tees and Hartlepool Port Users Association is an excellent example of how all parts of the community can benefit through close cooperation and shared goals.

When the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots Association was invited to hold its 129th annual conference in Middlesbrough it was delighted to support the High Tide Foundation Charity whose aim is to raise awareness of the port, while educating and empowering the young people in the area.

At the conference, which was sponsored by PD Ports, the UK pilots were joined by colleagues from Norway, Netherlands, France, Italy, Canada and New Zealand as well as many invited guests from the local and national ports community. Such was the delegates admiration for the aims and achievements of the High Tide charity the conference raised over £2,000 to support the charity. Additionally, there has already been enquiries about how to introduce similar schemes in other countries. One example of cooperation in the scheme is with the Pilots of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port. They have agreed to host a group of Teesside youngsters on a future visit through contacts arranged by Tees Bay pilots and the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots Association”

If you’d like to learn more about the High Tide Foundation or get involved, please visit or email

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