EMPA MEETING IN MALTA

On Wednesday the 24th of April 2013, the Honourable Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis, Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth of the Republic of MALTA opened the three day Conference and Annual General Meeting of the European Maritime Pilots’ Association (EMPA). EMPA is a non-profit organization and extends to 25 European countries, including Norway, Russia, Croatia, Turkey and Ukraine. EMPA represents roughly 5,000 maritime pilots. It is EMPA’s mission to continuously improve the profession of Maritime Pilotage by creating a platform for Maritime Pilots from all over Europe. We aim to increase public awareness as to the importance of professionally organized Maritime Pilotage throughout European Ports. The essential task of the Maritime Pilot is to guide sea going vessels into and out of all major ports all over the world. A Maritime Pilot has specialized knowledge of local conditions and operational practice and skills in handling sea going vessels in restricted waters.

European Pilots have to meet the challenges of increasing ships’ size, increasing traffic, the public demand for higher sustainability and the EU’s goal for an eco-efficient transport network towards 2030.

The Conference came to the following conclusions:
– The importance of innovative navigation technology on board ships is recognized by Marine Pilots. This technology however, is merely an aid to decision making on board and does not replace the Navigator and Pilot on board.
– Close cooperation between Maritime Pilots and Vessel Traffic Services remains essential to ensure safe passage of ships in European ports and waterways.
– The recruitment of highly skilled European Maritime Pilots will be a challenge for the years to come.
– Holders of a Pilot Exemption Certificate cannot be equivalent to a Pilot.
– Maritime Pilots are aware of the economic difficulties faced by the shipping industry and ports, however commercial pressure must not be allowed to influence the safe operation of Pilotage.

On Friday the 26th of April Capt. Jacques Sauban stepped down as president of EMPA and Capt. Stein Inge Dahn was elected as president for four years by the General Meeting. During the same meeting Capt. Chris Lefevere stepped down as Secretary General and Capt. Dirk Vael was elected as Secretary General for four years.
For more information visit our website: www.empa-pilots.eu

EMPA MEETING IN MALTA

On Wednesday the 24th of April 2013, the Honourable Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis, Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth of the Republic of MALTA opened the three day Conference and Annual General Meeting of the European Maritime Pilots’ Association (EMPA). EMPA is a non-profit organization and extends to 25 European countries, including Norway, Russia, Croatia, Turkey and Ukraine. EMPA represents roughly 5,000 maritime pilots. It is EMPA’s mission to continuously improve the profession of Maritime Pilotage by creating a platform for Maritime Pilots from all over Europe. We aim to increase public awareness as to the importance of professionally organized Maritime Pilotage throughout European Ports. The essential task of the Maritime Pilot is to guide sea going vessels into and out of all major ports all over the world. A Maritime Pilot has specialized knowledge of local conditions and operational practice and skills in handling sea going vessels in restricted waters.

European Pilots have to meet the challenges of increasing ships’ size, increasing traffic, the public demand for higher sustainability and the EU’s goal for an eco-efficient transport network towards 2030.

The Conference came to the following conclusions:
– The importance of innovative navigation technology on board ships is recognized by Marine Pilots. This technology however, is merely an aid to decision making on board and does not replace the Navigator and Pilot on board.
– Close cooperation between Maritime Pilots and Vessel Traffic Services remains essential to ensure safe passage of ships in European ports and waterways.
– The recruitment of highly skilled European Maritime Pilots will be a challenge for the years to come.
– Holders of a Pilot Exemption Certificate cannot be equivalent to a Pilot.
– Maritime Pilots are aware of the economic difficulties faced by the shipping industry and ports, however commercial pressure must not be allowed to influence the safe operation of Pilotage.

On Friday the 26th of April Capt. Jacques Sauban stepped down as president of EMPA and Capt. Stein Inge Dahn was elected as president for four years by the General Meeting. During the same meeting Capt. Chris Lefevere stepped down as Secretary General and Capt. Dirk Vael was elected as Secretary General for four years.
For more information visit our website: www.empa-pilots.eu