NL-emblemThe Norwegian Maritime Pilots' Association is a politically independant association of Norwegian maritime pilots, whose purpose is to promote and maintain its members' economic-, subject matter-, service- and social- interests.

The Association also works as a union for all the Norwegian state pilots. We are members of the International Maritime Pilots' Assocation (IMPA) and the European Maritime Pilots' Association (EMPA).


The oldest records of maritime pilotage in Norway is found in the country wide law of King Magnus Lagabøte of 1274. The first pure maritime pilot act is from 1720. The job as maritime pilot was often passed on from father to son and conditions were hard.

During the 1800s and the beginning of the 1900s, today's pilot service started to take form. After WWII, several regional pilot associations came together and formed the Norwegian Maritime Pilots' Association October 10 1945.

Today, all of Norway's state pilots are recruited, trained, licensed and employed by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (Government agency), and the Norwegian Maritime Pilots' Association enjoys good cooperation with the Coastal Administration on behalf its members.


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