Requirements for pilots
In order to qualify as a Maritime/Harbour Pilot you must be a Merchant Marine Captain and have commanded ships larger than 1,000 GT's for two years in the last ten years. In addition, he has to pass a qualifying examination in Madrid under the control of the Spanish Directorate of Merchant Shipping (director General de la Marina Mercante, and other national and international regulations on matters related to maritime safety and security, safety of navigation, protection of the marine environment, elements and equipment of ships, etc..
Once this phase has been passed, another examination (under the control of the Master Harbour´s Office has been carried out in the port where there is a vacancy, consisting of demonstrating their knowledge of the port and local regulations (1st Test - elimination) and passing a second test consisting of carrying out (on paper) several mooring and unmooring manoeuvres in the port. He will also have to pass a specific medical examination (before the examination in the port) and a period of practice, if he passed the final examination and obtained the right to practice.
The Pilots are obliged to keep their knowledge up to date through a Continuous Training Course. This training is included in the Training Plan of the Corporation.