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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 18 European Union member countries, and 6 neighbouring countries: Georgia, Montenegro, Norway, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. 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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Recent news posts


We are thrilled to present the inaugural edition of EMPA News - your go-to source for updates on our recent activities. This quarterly publication will provide an overview of what we have been working on in the past few months. We hope you enjoy reading Edition 1.

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Kim Ossieur, Sea Pilot on the Scheldt Estuary (Belgium)

EMPA is publishing a series of articles in the upcoming months.

These articles are written by female pilots, where they will share their experiences and stories.

EMPA aims is to encourage more women to consider a career in the maritime industry particularly in pilotage, as it can be a very fulfilling and satisfying profession.

We would like to ask you to share this thought in order to achieve our goal of recruiting more women in the merchant navy and pilotage.

Many thanks


Download article Kim Ossieur, Sea Pilot Scheldt Estuary

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