About the 24th Congress of IMPA in Dakar

Maritime Pilots from around the world will have the red carpet rolled out to welcome them when they arrive for the 24th Congress of the International Association of Maritime Pilots (IMPA).

For one week from the April 22sd 2018 the port of Dakar will host a celebration of the global maritime industry. The 2018 IMPA Congress will at its core, discuss and explore key issues effecting all maritime pilots and ports and harbors globally including:

  • best operational practices
  • personal safety
  • technical advances & innovation
  • environmental issues
  • laws & regulations
  • training & professional development
  • responding to the ever- changing profile of the shipping industry

However, a vital and unique aspect of a biennial IMPA congress is the opportunity to communicate and network with over 400 other pilots and international maritime experts and professionals. The 2018 Congress will be no exception. From the Welcome Reception through to the Gala Dinner, every day in Dakar will provide focused opportunities to exchange experiences, participate in discussion and engage with fellow pilots regarding current issues affecting individuals and the maritime sector as a whole.

These debates will have a decisive impact on the strengthening of pilot safety and the maritime profession; the security of our port facilities; our navigation fairways; and on the monitoring of ever-increasing vessel sizes.

Waterways and oceans, our heritage and the social and economic communities dependent on the maritime and shipping industries are also topics which will engage delegates and speakers all of whom have a duty to protect and preserve them from exploitation and destruction.

During the Dakar Congress, vital sessions will be devoted to those industries which, through research and development, technological innovation and current expertise, are working for the benefit of all. These organizations will be able to contribute to the debates and present their latest inventions in terms of products and services.

Under one roof, in the four exhibition halls of IMPA Dakar 2018, companies and institutions will have a unique platform to showcase their special equipment, expertise and technology to the global maritime industry, including the majority of port authorities in Africa.

On the fringe of IMPA Dakar 2018, participants and their families can take advantage of their stay to discover the rich Senegalese culture, its beautiful landscapes and mythical tourist and historical sites.

The Organizing Committee wish to offer their guests an exciting program of entertainment, recreation and tours which will be so varied and fascinating that it will leave vivid and unforgettable memories in the minds of all the delegates and their families who choose to come in Dakar in April 2018.