SeaSafe have confirmed they will be attending the 47th European Maritime Pilots’ Association Annual General Meeting in Malta on 24-26 April 2013.
It is the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Malta Maritime Pilots’ Cooperative Ltd and the European Maritime Pilots’ Association will be also celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
EMPA is a non-profit organization, created in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1963 by pilots of the newborn European Community. Nowadays EMPA regroups member countries associations of maritime pilots from the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
Pilotage is a mandatory public service, strictly regulated by the States, related to maritime safety and protection of the environment. The task of the pilots is to assist the captains of vessels in ports and their approaches by bringing them not only knowledge of the local maritime conditions and operational practices but also their daily extensive experience of navigating ships in restricted waters. They optimize thus, in an efficient way, the traffic flow and the operation of port facilities while ensuring the control of risks inherent in sailing ships in sensitive coastal areas.
In 2010, EMPA represents about 5.000 maritime pilots from 25 European countries, including Norway, Russia, Croatia, Turkey and Ukraine.
The role of EMPA is to facilitate the exchange of information between its members in order to continuously improve the professional and technical proficiency of maritime pilots in the EU and surrounding countries.
Notes to Editors
SeaSafe Systems, established in 1966, is based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. With over 40 years of experience in the marine sector, SeaSafe Systems specializes in marine safety clothing and safety equipment. SeaSafe Systems maintains a very extensive range of products, with all design and manufacturing taking place in the UK. Highly knowledgeable in the marine clothing market, SeaSafe products are designed for the commercial and leisure markets of the marine safety industry in the UK and worldwide.
For more information please contact SeaSafe +44 (0)1983 282388.