I.S.P.O. – International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations

Maritime Pilots provide an essential and unique service to the shipping industry. Their principal role is to:

  • Use the highest level of ship handling skills to manoeuvre vessels within their port.
  • Provide critical independent local knowledge and navigational information to vessels

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Pilots need to be able to exercise their professional judgement undeterred by commercial or economic pressure, but remain aware that ship owners have to deal with economic factors.  Pilotage is an essential part of any Port Safety Management System

ISPO stands for International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations.

The main features of ISPO are:

  • It is a safety and quality management system specifically for pilots and pilot organizations.
  • It has been developed by pilots and pilot organizations for pilots
  • It is a method self regulation that promotes the adoption of the highest standards by the maritime pilot industry.
  • ISPO provides transparency in pilotage standards to all port related stakeholders.
  • The system is being audited by external auditors – classification societies such as Lloyds Register or DNV.


ISPO partners
  • Loodswezen region Rotterdam-Rijnmond - The Netherlands

  • BRABO Havenloodsen - Antwerp Belgium

  • Loodswezen region Amsterdam-IJmond - The Netherlands

  • Forth Pilots - Edinburgh Scotland

  • Varna Pilots - Bulgaria

  • Loodswezen region North - The Netherlands

  • Trinidad and Tobago Pilots' Association

  • Liverpool Pilotage Services Limited (LPSL)

  • Port Hedland Pilots - Australia

  • Brisbane Marine Pilots - Australia

  • Ditas Pilotage Services - Turkey

  • Port of Tyne, United Kingdom

  • Loodswezen region River Scheldt - The Netherlands

  • Kuwait Oil Company, Mina Al-Ahmadi, Kuwait