The Partners

Project Co-ordinator

Malta Maritime Pilots Cooperative Society Ltd.

Established in March 2003, the Malta Maritime Pilots Co-operative Ltd. provides efficient marine vessel pilot services to the two main ports of Malta – the Grand Harbour and the Port of Marsaxlokk, as well as two smaller ports – that of Marsamxett and the Port of Mġarr, Gozo. It also provides consultancies relevant to pilotage, navigation and sea-faring. The cooperative has 15 members and in 2009 provided in more than 10,000 pilot services.

The success of Maltese ports is dependent on the efficiency of services offered at the same ports. We recognise that the service offered by the cooperative is one of the most important among the chain of services offered by our ports.
One should mention that the cooperative holds the largest amount of Marine Masters under its umbrella in Malta. This puts it at the same level of the best harbours in the world.

In January 2009 the Malta Maritime Pilots Co-operative launched one of the most modern pilot boats on the market. This pilot boat, built in Ireland, was added to the fleet of four other boats that were being used to provide the Maltese pilotage service. In May 2010 the cooperative finalised a contract for the building of another pilot to improve the services offered in both Maltese ports, which are welcoming the largest sailing ships in the world.

To keep abreast with the technological advancement in the sector, the cooperative invests heavily in training. This led to the cooperative opening a maritime training centre that includes one of the most advanced full mission simulator in Europe. This simulator can be used for training, as well as to make a risk assessment when large vessels are making use of Maltese ports.

In 2009, the co-operative’s pilots attended the internationally renowned training centre of Port Revels in France for training in dealingwith emergency situations on large vessels.

In trying to maintain continuous contact with its clients, a group of pilots visited the CMA CGM training centre. This company has built a generation of new vessels, which are among the largest in the world, and which make use of the services provided by the Malta Freeport. All pilots attended a similar training centre operated by the cruise liner company MSC, whose vessels are among the largest cruise liners making use of the Grand Harbour.

The Malta Maritime Pilots Co-operative is also active in the European Maritime Pilots Association and is a member of the International Maritime Pilots Association.


Turkish Maritime Pilots Association, Istanbul

Colegio Oficial de Practicos de Puerto, Madrid

Centro Studi Enti Locali Srl, San Miniato, Toscana, Italy