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Pilot services receive international accreditation

​​Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) Marine Pilot Services (GMPS) has received international accreditation for their commitment to safety.

GMPS received a certificate of international standard for maritime pilot organisations (ISPO) this month, after meeting strict safety guidelines and standards as prescribed by ISPO and verified by Lloyds Register.

GPC’s pilot service work around-the clock ensuring safe and efficient pilotage for the Port of Gladstone, Port Alma and Port of Bundaberg.

ISPO is an international group, which promotes a safety culture and includes 22 organisations who provide auditable services to ports and ship owners across the world, ensuring best practice and transparency to stakeholders.

Acting CEO Craig Walker said the accreditation is important for all pilot services and demonstrates GPC’s commitment to safety.

“We have a very professional and dedicated team of pilots whom safely guide ships into and out of our ports 24-7 and 365 days a year,” Mr Walker said.

“The accreditation is a fantastic achievement for GPC’s pilot services and a reflection of how hard our team works to maintain safety,” he said.

“Pilots have some of the most challenging jobs in the world and they are vital in order to protect our oceans and ports.

“As one of the oldest professions in the world, it is vital they have the necessary and the latest support to conduct their work at the highest safety standard.

“Now our GMPS has joined forces with the ISPO we will be able to help improve safety in the delivery of pilot services across the globe and it also ensures we’re given a voice on future developments.”

The ISPO group includes pilot organisations across Europe, Australia, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Responsibility for the delivery of pilotage services in Queensland ports was transferred from Maritime Safety Queensland to port authorities in 2013.