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ISPO Conference

ISPO IUG Conference 21th and 22th June 2017

Rotterdam (The Netherlands) will be the host city in June 2017 for the ISPO IUG Conference. The participant members of the International User Group of the ISPO (International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organisations) will then convene for two days to discuss the developments and meet members of the maritime industry. The Conference will be held on June 21 and June 22 at the Inntel Hotel in Rotterdam.


Please confirm your attendance via ISPO2017@loodswezen.nl. Special rates for this event are arranged with the Inntel Hotel (4*) and the adjoining Mainport Hotel (5*).
* when you already registered there is no need to confirm your attendance again.


Wednesday June 21st
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 16:00
  • Keynote speech – Alderman for Finance, Organisation, Harbour, City Centre and Sports, City of Rotterdam – Mr. A. Visser
  • History, development and organization of ISPO
  • Harbour Master Rotterdam – Mr. R. de Vries
  • Shell International - Mr. E. Barsingerhorn
  • APM Terminals – Mr. P. Hartog
  • ISPO Certification versus ISO 9001 by Lloyds – Mr. M. Cox
  • Shipowners perspective on pilot organizations – (to be confirmed)
16:00 – 16:45 Round table discussion with all speakers 
17:30 – 20:30 Closing and boat trip in the port of Rotterdam with walking dinner

Thursday June 22nd
09:15 – 12:00
  • ISPO Certification - Impacts on the Pilot Organization activity management by Bureau Veritas – Mr. B. Gruden 
  • Why ISPO certification and what are the benefits by Cork Pilots – Mr. A. Fleming
  • Fatigue Risk Management Systems for pilot organization by InterDynamics – Mr. P. Page 
  • Use of pilot decision supporting devices and future developments by Scheldemonden Pilots – Mr. X. Janssen
  • Incidents and accidents registration and research for pilot organizations by Dutch Safety Board – Mrs. L. van der Veen
12:00 – 12:30 Round table discussion with all speakers
12:30 – 13:30 Closing and lunch

Download: ISPO Conference 2017 - Program.pdf


Special rates for this event are arranged with the Inntel Hotel (4*) and the adjoining Mainport Hotel (5*).

Rooms at the Inntel Hotel or the Mainport Hotel can be booked via: 

Inntel Hotel
4* Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre is uniquely located at the bank of the Maas and at the foot of the Erasmus bridge. This unique situation on the waterfront makes it ideal for meetings in a professional ambiance. Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre offers you a magnificent view over the Maas and the Rotterdam skyline! 

Mainport Hotel
5* Mainport is located adjacent to and internally combined with Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre. Mainport is the gateway to all continents in the world, integrating the influences of the world in a 5 star design setting. Located on the banks of the river Maas with sweeping views over the water and the skyline of Rotterdam, often referred to as “Manhattan on the Maas”. 

ISPO (International Standard for maritime Pilotage Organizations) is managed by the core International User Group (IUG) of ISPO. Objectives of the annual conference are:

  • Further improving their standard through sharing experiences and knowledge.
  • Encourage other pilotage organizations to upgrade their pilotage services and achieve ISPO Certification.
  • To provide a platform to exhibitors, who have products related to pilotage activities.

More than 100 delegates at management level from various organizations are expected to attend the Conference & Exhibition. Initiated in 2009, today the ISPO Community comprises of pilots in excess of 846, from 18 member ports, across the globe.