Who We Are
The Pilotage Authority was established under the provisions of Chapter 51:02 of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to oversee all matters relating to the licensing and conduct of pilots and the safe pilotage of ships within the waters of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Act provides that the Pilotage Authority may make or amend Bye-Laws. It also states that amendment to the Bye Laws shall not take effect unless it has been approved by the Minister.
The strategic objective of the Pilotage Authority is to provide good governance in terms of the services provided by the Trinidad Pilots and Berthing Masters Association (now called Trinidad and Tobago Pilots Association and hereinafter referred as the Pilots’ Association), overseeing all matters related to the licensing and conduct of pilots, including but not limited to:
The Pilotage Authority is responsible for the following activities in accordance with the Pilotage Act and Byelaws: -
The Pilotage Authority in accordance with the Pilotage Act meets on the third Monday in each calendar month to consider all business in connection with:
Recommendations for the amendment of the Pilotage Act and Bye-Laws;
Complaints against pilots;
Proposals to vary fees for pilotage licenses or certificates;
Membership of the Pilotage Authority
The Pilotage Act stipulates that members of the Pilotage Authority shall be appointed by the Minister, on such terms and conditions approved by him. The composition of the Authority includes representatives appointed as members and alternates. The list is as follows:
A person who holds a certificate as Master Mariner, issued by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago or an equivalent or higher certificate or alternatively, someone who has attained the rank of Lieutenant – Commander in the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force;
Appointment of Members and Alternates of the Authority
In 2014 and 2015 Cabinet by Minute No. 2682 of September 25, 2014, and Cabinet Minute No. 1142 of May 14, 2015 agreed to the appointment of members and alternates of the Pilotage Authority for a period of two years from the date of the letters of appointments. The letters were dated January 16, 2015 and the appointments were with effect from September 25, 2014 that will expire on September 24, 2016.
Structure of Pilotage in Trinidad and Tobago
Pilotage services are provided by the Trinidad and Tobago Pilots’ Association (TTPA) formerly referred to as the Trinidad Pilots and Berthing Masters Association Limited when it was created in 1939. As at 30 September 2015, thirty four (34) marine pilots were employed by the TTPA and licenced by the Pilotage Authority, in accordance with the Pilotage Act. These pilots possess the necessary qualifications, skill, experience, training and local knowledge to enable them to carry out their duties in safely piloting vessels within the waters of Trinidad and Tobago.
Despite the presence of a pilot on-board a ship, the master of the ship continues to be responsible for the ship in all respects. The pilot has control of the vessel but the Master of the vessel retains command. The pilot knows the port but is a stranger to the vessel while the Master knows his vessel but is a stranger to the port. In addition to local knowledge and expertise, pilots are able to provide effective communication with the shore management and tug operators, often in the local language in order to execute safe and efficient transiting, anchoring and mooring operations.
The expenses of the Pilotage Authority are met from sums levied from the Trinidad and Tobago Pilots Association and from revenue from the first issue and annual renewal of pilot licenses and pilots’ certificates.
Ministry of Works and Transport
Chairman - Pilotage Authority
Maritime Services Division
#127-129 Duke Street
Port of Spain