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International Maritime Pilot Association

The IMPA is a non-profit making body that represents the international community of pilots. It uses the resources of its membership to promote effective safety outcomes in pilotage as an essential public service. It seeks to achieve its principal objective – the promotion of professionally sound and safe pilotage – in two main ways:

•Firstly, it brings together pilots’ associations from around the world, enabling them to air common concerns, compare experiences and pool their expertise in order to formulate IMPA views and policies that are both convincing and practical to implement. Over the years, this approach has proved to be effective in encouraging pilots to practice their profession with the required confidence.

•Secondly, IMPA has a formal voice in relevant international maritime fora. Particularly important has been its accredited consultative membership – since 1973 – at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The IMO, which is a United Nations specialized agency with over 160 member states, is the recognized authority to set international standards of ship safety and vessel-source pollution prevention and control. IMPA delegates make lasting contributions to different aspects of the work of the organization through their continued active participation in its many committee and sub-committee meetings and working groups.

The core beliefs of the IMPA are that the public interest is best served by a fully regulated and cohesive pilotage service free of commercial pressure, there is no substitute for the presence of a qualified pilot on the bridge, all states should adopt a responsible approach based on proven safety strategies in establishing their own regulations, standards and procedures with respect to pilotage, and existing and emerging information technologies are capable of enhancing on-board decision making by the maritime pilot.

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