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Loodswezen Rotterdam-Rijnmond hosts the International ISPO Conference in Rotterdam on 21 and 22 June 2017. ISPO is the International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organisations (http://www.ispo-standard.com/). Its purpose is to improve safety and quality of the pilotage process.
ISPO is a standard set up by and for pilot organisations. Organisations that join ISPO receive certification after audits by independent classification bureaus. This way, ISPO provides self-regulation and transparency in pilotage standards to all port-related stakeholders.
Loodswezen Rotterdam-Rijnmond was the first pilot organisation to be certified in 2005. A total of 17 other pilot organisations from around the world have joined ISPO since then. Among these are pilot organisations from Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Middle East. Many other pilot organisations are on their way to being certified or have shown interest in ISPO certification.
"Our pilot organisation works in Europe's largest port and high quality standards are normal for us," Van den Hoek continues. "It is absolutely necessary for us to provide transparency about our services to our customers and stakeholders. This is expressed by ISPO’s mission to provide clear and transparent information regarding quality and reliability of the service provided by maritime pilots."
That is the reason why more than 80 representatives of affiliated and interested pilot organisations from all over the world convene at the ISPO Conference.
Published: by Nederlands Loodswezen bv Regio Rotterdam-Rijnmond