Who We are

In 2011, the Panama Canal Pilots’ Union affiliated with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and, since 1999, has been affiliated with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).

Panama Canal Pilots' Association

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

Panama Canal Pilots' Union

Labor organization which represents all Panama Canal pilots on labor-management relations with the Panama Canal Authority. Established in 1919 as Local 27 of the American Association of Masters, Mates and Pilots, at which time it included, in addition to pilots, the masters and mates of all Canal floating equipment. Two years later, on January 31, 1921, the pilots decided to organize our own local, and on this date, Local 30 received its charter from the National Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots.

Expanded Canal: Agua Clara Locks

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

Our Labor

We enjoy providing excellent service. Captain Rodrigo de La Rosa, N13B MT Green Sea.



Safe transits by the Panama Canal pilots. Images of Captain Mario Chong.




Despite the climatic conditions, we continue to provide a reliable service and guarantee the success of transits through the Panama Canal.