Shri Sanjay Bhatia former Chairman of Mumbai
Port and Indian Port Association (IPA) expressed pleasure
while releasing the All India Marine Pilots Association’s (AIMPA) maiden Issue
of “Marine Pilot’s Journal” and applauded the efforts in taking out this kind
of Journal to help highlight issues of pilots. “This is a great initiative and
it will go long way in improving the status of the Pilots” he added with
Capt. Gajanan Karanjikar , President of AIMPA said “We are honoured that Shri Bhatia took time to read through the Journal and also
discuss the Pilot's issues.” Shri Bhatia also complimented Mumbai pilots for having
done maximum pilotages in the times of COVID compared to other ports in India.
He applauded marine pilots' efforts and commitment to serve the country no
matter what the situation. Shri Gajanan averred “We are sure the Marine pilots
will have hearty day looking at their efforts being recognised.
”Pilots are well
qualified and highly experienced to handle ships and engage in dare devil jobs
in most dynamic situation 24x7. But, the
Marine pilot community happens to be small and often neglected. This despite
being important cog-in-the-wheel in cargo movement in ports and in turn in
contributing to country’s economy”.
pilot’s Journal aims to give this small community of Marine Pilots an
opportunity to come together and share their knowledge and experiences in the
It is not a news bulletin of pilots or ports, but a journal, which
would bring about knowledge sharing among marine Pilots and also highlight
their woes. It is a space where incidents and near misses can be discussed
The Journal will
be published monthly with write ups that would include the contributions from
pilots and all those who care about this community and want to share their
When AIMPA is
constantly taking up pilots' safety and security issues, the journal would be
another medium to put forth this information to general public as well. This
effort will bring about an awareness and appreciation about the Marine Pilot’s
work among general port communities.
AIMPA has sought help from Shri Amitabh Kumar, IAS, Director General
shipping to take up issues of pilot ladder non compliances. Shri Kumar has readily taken proactive steps and asked that any Pilot
Transfer Arrangement( PTA) related deficiencies to be brought to the notice of
jurisdictional MMD’s or the Port State Control (PSC) cell of the Directorate
for taking necessary action.
aspires to be in the hands of law makers and make its presence felt in
corridors of powers.
Capt. Gajanan said “We would request everyone to wholeheartedly
support the unique efforts and contribute to the safety and security of the