The maiden issue of Marine Pilot’s Journal, published by The All India Marine Pilots Association’s (AIMPA) was launched by Mr. Sanjay Bhatia, former Chairman of Mumbai Port and Indian Port Association (IPA). Lauding the efforts of the Association on the launch of this monthly magazine, Mr. Bhatia stated, “This is a great initiative and it will go long way in improving the status of the Pilots.” He also complimented Mumbai pilots for having done maximum pilotages in the times of COVID compared to other ports in India. He applauded marine pilots’ efforts and commitment to serve the country no matter what the situation.
Capt. Gajanan Karanjikar, President of AIMPA, thanked Mr Bhatia for perusing through the issue and discussing the pilot’s issues. He added, “I am sure the marine pilots will be happy that their efforts and commitment to serve the country – irrespective of the difficult times that it was passing through – are being recognised and appreciated.”
He iterated, “Pilots are well qualified and highly experienced to handle ships and engage in dare devil jobs in most dynamic situation 24×7.” He averred that despite being an important cog-in-the-wheel in cargo movement in ports and, in turn, in contributing to country’s economy, this small community is often neglected. “This marine pilot’s Journal aims to give this small community of Marine Pilots an opportunity to come together and share their knowledge and experiences in the media,” he added.
The journal, is not a news bulletin but a magazine that highlights the woes of the pilots and allow them to share their knowledge with other members of the community. It is a space where incidents and near misses can be discussed objectively. The Journal would contain write ups from pilots and all those who care about this community and want to share their knowledge.
The publication of the journal is an effort made by AIMPA to bring about an awareness and appreciation about the Marine Pilot’s work among general port communities. This Journal aspires to be in the hands of law makers and make its presence felt in corridors of powers.
Capt. Gajanan said “We would request everyone to wholeheartedly support the unique efforts and contribute to the safety and security of the Pilots.”
Incidentally, AIMPA has sought help from Mr. Amitabh Kumar, Director General shipping to take up issues of pilot ladder non compliances. Mr Kumar has readily taken proactive steps and asked that any Pilot Transfer Arrangement ( PTA) related deficiencies to be brought to the notice of jurisdictional MMD’s or the Port State Control (PSC) cell of the Directorate for taking necessary action.