The newly-formed Vietnam Maritime Pilots Association made its debut at a ceremony held in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on December 20.

The association is tasked to make proposals on building and perfecting policies for the sector.

It will serve as a bridge for dialogues between the sector, companies operating in the field and regional and international pilot organisations.

The association will represent the sector to join in forums and the International Maritime Pilots’ Association to collect information and help its members access advanced technologies.

The establishment of VMPA is expected to improve the quality of the services supplied by the sector and further promote the development of seaports in the country.

In its first tenure from 2014-2019, the association will operate with 300 members and a 15-member executive board.-VNA