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Welcome to French Maritime Pilots’ Federation.

We are

330 maritime pilots present in all French ports and DOM-TOM

How do you become a pilot?

Merchant Navy officers

Holding a command certificate of the highest level and having sailed at least 72 months in the merchant navy or on government vessels.

Age limit

Candidates for pilot positions must be at least 24 years old and at most 35 years old.

Public competition

A public competition is organized by the local Maritime Affairs Administration, its publication is posted at least two months before the chosen date.

The role of pilots

When a pilot arrives on a ship’s navigation bridge and the words “At the command of the master on the advice of the pilot” appear in the logbook, the legal relationship between the pilot and the master is established.