The Assembly,
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The Assembly,

 RECALLING Article 15(j) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Assembly in relation to regulations and guidelines concerning maritime safety and the prevention and control of marine pollution from ships,

 RECOGNIZING that maritime pilots play an important role in promoting maritime safety and protecting the marine environment,

 BELIEVING that maintaining a proper working relationship between the pilot, the master and, as appropriate, the officer in charge of a navigational watch is important in ensuring the safety of shipping,

 NOTING that, since each pilotage area needs highly specialized experience and local knowledge on the part of the pilot, IMO does not intend to become involved with either the certification or the licensing of pilots or with the systems of pilotage practised in various States,

 RECOGNIZING ALSO the high standards of pilotage services already established in many States and the need for these standards to be maintained,

 CONSIDERING that in those States that are developing pilotage services, the establishment of practical minimum training standards, certification requirements and operational procedures to provide effective co-ordination between pilots and ship personnel, taking due account of ship bridge procedures and ship equipment, would contribute to maritime safety,

 HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendation made by the Maritime Safety Committee at its seventy-fifth session,

  1. ADOPTS:

  • (a) the Recommendation on Training and Certification of Maritime Pilots other than Deep-sea Pilots set out in Annex 1 to the present resolution;

  • (b) the Recommendation on Operational Procedures for Maritime Pilots other than Deep-sea Pilots set out in Annex 2 to the present resolution;

  2. URGES Governments to give effect to these Recommendations as soon as possible;

  3. REQUESTS the Maritime Safety Committee to keep the Recommendations under review and to amend them as necessary in the light of experience gained from their implementation;

  4. REVOKES resolution A.485(XII).

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