Established in March 2003, the Malta Maritime Pilots Co-operative Ltd. provides efficient marine vessel pilot services to the two main ports of Malta – the Grand Harbour and the Port of Marsaxlokk, as well as two smaller ports – that of Marsamxett and the Port of Mġarr, Gozo. It also provides consultancies relevant to pilotage, navigation and sea-faring. The cooperative has 16 members and in 2011 provided more than 8,400 pilot services to vessels entering Maltese Ports.
The success of Maltese ports is dependent on the efficiency of services offered at the same ports. We recognise that the service offered by the cooperative is one of the most important among the chain of services offered by our ports.
One should mention that the cooperative holds the largest amount of Marine Masters under its umbrella in Malta. This puts it at the same level of the best harbours in the world.
In January 2011 the Malta Maritime Pilots Co-operative launched one of the most modern pilot boats on the market. This pilot boat, built in Ireland, was added to the fleet of five other boats that were being used to provide the Maltese pilotage service.
To keep abreast with the technological advancement in the sector, the cooperative invests heavily in training. This led to the cooperative opening a maritime training centre that includes one of the most advanced full mission simulator in Europe. This simulator can be used for training, as well as to make a risk assessment when large vessels are making use of Maltese ports.