The Palma Pilots Corporation
The Palma Pilots Corporation is in charge of providing the pilotage service in the port waters established in the service license approved by the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands.
Pilotage is a universal service, mandatory for ships of more than 500 GT or of any size as long as they transport dangerous goods.
It is cataloged as a concession service and strongly regulated for its impact on the safety of navigation.
The pilot is the person who, with the corresponding authorization and appointment, advises the captains of vessels and floating devices to facilitate their entry and exit from ports, rivers, estuaries or bars, anchorages, buoys, outer loaders and dykes, in the movements both inside and outside the ships, in anchorages, berths and undocking, as well as in other areas, indicating the convenient route of the ship and the nautical maneuvers necessary for greater safety of navigation.
According to current regulations, pilotage is understood as the advisory service to ship captains, to facilitate their entry, exit from port and nautical maneuvers within the geographical limits of the pilotage area, in safety conditions and in the terms established in the Law of Ports of the State and the Merchant Navy (Ley de Puertos del Estado y de la Marina Mercante), in these General Regulations, as well as in those other normative or contractual provisions that may be applicable to it.
This service will be provided on board the ships, including in it the instructions given by the pilots from the moment they depart from the pilotage station, to ensure the safety of navigation, ships, their crews, port facilities and service users.
The service is provided 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, and in an uninterrupted manner to facilitate the entry and exit of passengers and goods through the port of Palma.
Our efforts are focused on offering a service of safety and quality, provided by highly qualified and prepared professionals that aim to ensure safety and maritime protection, the safety of human life at sea and the protection of the marine environment in the field maritime-port, carrying out our work, both technical and administrative, with the utmost professionalism and in an exemplary manner.
Our profession happens to be one of the oldest and most unknown. The first Corporations are documented since the fifteenth century in Spain. Its first Ordinances date from 1737 that contemplated the pilot as the ship's firts officer or as a pilot from the coast or the coast (although there were incomplete regulations since 1561 on the retribution of pilots).
The Ordinances of 1737 institute compulsory pilotage: "Every captain or master upon entering the port of his destination or another of his precise arrival shall take the regular and practical pilot of him as well as for the entrance as for the ascent to the convenient surrogate to his ship. "
Our colleague Francisco José Iáñez Llamas, publishes through the website of the Spanish Official Pilots Association here