Welcome to EMPA pilots

EMPA is a professional, non-profit organization, created in Antwerp in 1963 by pilots of what was then called the European Community.

Nowadays EMPA represents about 4.500 maritime pilots from 19 European countries, including Norway, Russia, Croatia, Turkey and Ukraine, regrouping member countries' associations of maritime pilots from the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

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COVID-19 - Pilotage

This overview provides the latest information on protocols and guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. It is extremely important to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, therefore this page is updated regularly. EMPA advises all European Pilots to follow the development of this outbreak closely and to adhere to recommendations issued by the WHO, IMO, national and local health authorities.

Industry Call - Crew Change

Ahead of a meeting between governments in London this week, several partners in the maritime industry are calling on all ships when in port to sound their horns at 12.00 local time on Wednesday 8th July to remind governments of the ongoing crew change crisis.

EMPA strongly supports this action and therefore we would like to encourage our members to respond to this request, provided it is safe to do so and in compliance with local regulations.

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"RT @EmpaGeneral: Capt. John Dolan: "We would not recommend remote pilotage when the ship is berthing or unberthing. These operations requir…" 5 months ago
"RT @Attilapia: 150.000 sjömän runt om i världen ska bli avbytta. Det är idag inte möjligt och många har nu inte kunnat mönstra av och komma…" 6 months ago
"RT @Liv_Seafarers: Today we're issuing an urgent plea for Indian and Filipino seafarers to be able to fly home. 80,000 are presently strand…" 6 months ago
"Transport keeps us going! The transport sector has a crucial role to play in the supply of goods, in particular med… https://t.co/87XJj1cVjI" 7 months ago
"Respect, Italian colleagues! https://t.co/CeXixCuckB" 8 months ago
"Coronavirus (COVID-19): EMPA advises all European Pilots to follow the development of this outbreak closely and to… https://t.co/4BRU5sQ7Kt" 8 months ago
"RT @ESPOSecretariat: ESPO presents its position on the #greendeal at the European Ports Forum. #ports #europeanportswork https://t.co/cHKo…" 8 months ago
"RT @EuroShippingWk: Magda Kopczynska, Director of Waterborne Transport DG Move, @EU_Commission says: "With the right push for technologies…" 8 months ago
"In praise of gratitude to the Norwegian Maritime Directorate @Sjofartsdir for carrying out a Safety Campaign on Pil… https://t.co/MTnY70Jo34" 8 months ago