Panama Canal Pilots' Association

The Panama Canal pilots take navigational control of the approximately 40 vessels that transit the Canal every day. Our main responsibility is to guarantee a safe and expeditious transit, enforcing local and international navigation regulations.

We are onprofit organization which represents the more than 250 Panama Canal pilots. The Panama Canal Pilots’ Association is affiliated to the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA).

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Meet all the pilots in the history of the Panama Canal.

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Gallery of photos and videos of activities, congresses, transits and experiences of the Panama Canal pilots.

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Who We are

Learn more about the Panama Canal Pilots’ Association and the Panama Canal Pilots’ Union.

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Expanded Canal: Agua Clara Locks

Inaugural transit of the Panama Expanded Canal, Cosco Shipping Panama ship, entering the Agua Clara locks, in the Atlantic!


Transits through the Canal