What is Boatage ?
Boatage services consist of mooring, unmooring and Shifting commercial vessels calling at ports in their business operations.
Etymologically, the boatman concept comes from old French "Laman". This term is derived from the Dutch "loostman" which means man of the probe, one who knows the funds and their treachery.

PARDESSUS defines the boatman, in his collection of maritime laws prior to the seventeenth century, as "the work and functions of the pilots established on the coasts and ports to guide ships in dangerous passes, including at the entrance and the output ports, harbors and rivers. "Orders in Colbert 1681, the boatman "is the work of seaman who lead the ship in any port or river and is known as steering." Indeed, through these definitions is readily apparent confusion that existed between the boatage and pilotage services, however, are distinct. There was even talk of boatman-pilot. From the 1950 pilotage and boatage separated to create independent businesses and more specifically structured activities.
Boatage in France
Professional Association of Boatage of ports of Channel, North Sea and Atlantic
Unit and Act collectivelly.

The professionnal asociation was created in june 2010 by a group of several boatage companies spread across 15 ports, from the Atlantic coast to the North Sea, representing aproximately 300 boatmen.

Its main roles areto forge closer links between the members, to harmonize procedures and o facilitate representation of he profesion to government authorities, shipping companies and ship-owners, doing so at a European and International level.

The aim of the professionnal association is to study and defend the ethical, economic and social interests of its members.
The association organizes seminars, conferences and work meetings.

The association carefully ensures the correct application of the law for the profession, by securing that the concepts of quality, security and maritimes qualifications of boatmen are respected.
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A Public Service Mission
Missions of the SPLMNA
1. Promote and defend the interests of the boatage profession

2. Represent the boatage activities at the highest level

3. Anticipate technical and organizational development of the profession

4. Provide legal advice to member companies

5. Foster economic and human development of the profession

6. Recommend and adapt training for the boatage profession

7. Foster relations between diferent maritime and port entities

8. Harmonize the concept of the boatage nautical units
Regulation of the exercise of Boatage in French ports
A prefectural stopped defines for each port, the conditions of the linesmen and related operations.

approval must be issued by the Port Authority mooring companies. This sets including the total number of boatmen, execution conditions of service, material resources to implement to meet the requirements over the entire port.

status docking : The boatmen are specialized marine Merchant Marine and possess diplomas and certificates required to perform their mission, both on board marine equipment, on the docks. Young sailors recruited are subject to a probationary period within the company before being candidate for docking.

mooring operations are performed following terms and conditions:

The company only provides mooring equipment for the mooring operation. The boatmen are available to the master of the ship concerned and his agents are unique throughout the mooring operation. The master management and control of all operations, the boatmen being considered under his direction.

Terms of exercise linesmen:

The use of pilotage service shall in no case be made mandatory. However, the port authority may require the use by specific vessel, mooring service, if it considers that the ship is not able to perform mooring operations satisfactorily any as security for the ship for the harbor works.

In addition to the ship's crew, to the extent that it is sufficient to simultaneously provide personnel on board and ashore in the conditions of approval, and to operate safely for both the ship for the port structures, only the boatmen belonging to a service authorized by the port director may participate in mooring operations of ships in the port district.

Tarifs mooring operations

In general, the rate is primarily a function of the berthing of vessel size.
Rates mooring cover the operating expenses of the business. The public service, particularly related to pollution control and wider maritime safety, do not give rise to subsidy from the state.

Affiliation companies mooring of France:

Members of the Maritime and Port Unions Local
Water committee members and local technical

Development activities:

Training of specialists for combating marine pollution and training of trainers in this field.
Participation in service recovery and disposal of waste produced by ship or maritime activity in the context of European policy for protection of the marine environment. (Project ECOPORT)

European BoatMen's Association member
Executive Officer : Quentin GUTIERREZ - President : Jean-Luc DESMARS
Siège social : Rue du Galion - 44480 DONGES - FRANCE