6 February 2023

The ISPO Conference 2023 will be held on October 11th and 12th in Amsterdam. Our host 'Loodswezen Nederland' and organizing Region Amsterdam- IJmond has found a beautiful location for this conference at the Jakarta Hotel (www.hoteljakarta.amsterdam), a green oasis in the center of Amsterdam.

The theme for this conference is 'Crisis Management'.

Every day commercial vessels sail in and out of ports worldwide The risk of shipping accidents is greatest in the seaports and in their approaches. One of the measures to mitigate this risk is the obligation for vessels to use the services of a pilot. A pilot is a local expert in manoeuvring ships in narrow waters in dense shipping traffic areas. This is one of the reasons why the number of shipping accidents, near misses and incidents is, fortunately, small. Nevertheless, incidents occur occasionally and the consequences of such incidents can be significant for the vessel, port, the environment and those onboard. Precisely because incidents occur so rare, pilot organizations should be well prepared in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.

The Conference will focus on the consequences of a serious incident for the pilot organization. In the event of an incident, pilot organizations will have to deal with a number of authorities. Who are these authorities? How does ISPO certification improve cooperation with, for instance, port authorities and investigating authorities? What is the best way to deal with the press? How are persons involved helped to get back to work? What lessons are learned and how is it ensured that the likelihood of recurrence of such an incident is minimized?

We hope to answer all these questions together with you at the annual ISPO Conference in Amsterdam on 11 and 12 October 2023. Your pre-registration can be done at ISPO2023@loodswezen.nl  More detailed information will follow when available. 

We look forward to your participation.