The personnel involved in mooring, unmooring operations but also boatman who transport thousand of people every day, have to be absolutely specialized, professional, ceertified, by attending governatives and not governatiives schools who give the basic knowledge. 

The accidents that happened untill now underline that misses of a straight guideline of the STANDARDS that all the personnel of the world should follow for a better quality of the offered services and as consequence of the involved lifes.

It has always been recognized that the best way of improving safety at sea is by developing international regulations that are followed by all the nationts  and decided by all the protagonists. 

Safety & Security is a 360″ discussion that involves ports, infrastructures, personnel, passegers, cargo ships so it concerns all the sectors of our Job. 

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The International Boatmen’s Linesmen’s Association, IBLA, was founded in Ravenna (Italy) on 12 July 2006, the legal head office is in Rome (Italy) in Salaria Street 89.

Today IBLA has 21 members, which are representative association of their country or single company, from Europe, Usa and Africa.

Following the full list of them: Argentina, Usa, Belgium, Croatia, Scotland, England, Finland, France (two different groups), Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates.

The European members of the IBLA, are also members of the European Boatmen Association, called EBA.


We believe that the basic to offer a qualitative service to the companies’ clients, it is a high quality of the nautical means: specialized and certificated employees, appropriate equipment and nautical vehicles for the ports infrastructures, clients and meteo-marine conditions.

If a company partner is endowed with all these basically requirements, they will insure that the mooring operations (including interaction with Tugs) are carried out in a safe manner, as a consequence of the high professionalism of the mooring/shuttle company, will be faster for the crews to accomplish the berthing and unberthing operations of a ship, so it will be an economic benefit as well for the client companies who enjoy of the services.


Because of the high professionalism and excellent work of the Italian and Dutch Association, they established a Joint Venture that provides specialized and certificated workers to moor petrol platforms by off-shore operations in South America, Equatorial Africa and in The Middle East (Persian Gulf).


The goal of IBLA is to be recognized, one day not so far, as a member of the International Maritime Association (IMO), for this to happen we are looking for Worldwide Companies of mooring/boatmen services, which would like to join our project.

The seas divide the continents but now a day the globalization and the advent of new technologies are reducing or cancelling at all the distance, the ships represent the link between the continents, but they absolutely need the same service professionalism.


PROGRAM IBLA 2012 - 2015

1) Request of amendment of the IMO Circular n°11 (11 July 2005)

2) Submission of the text at point 1

3) Acquisition of new IBLA membership

4) To establish contacts with IMPA

5) Submission of application to IMO

6) Creation of an IBLA website

1)Request of amendment of the IMO Circular n°11, 11 July 2005 “Guidelines on minimum training and education for mooring personnel”.

We have to work in order to request a change of the above mentioned document, drawing up a new text which puts together the shore-side and the sea activity. Actually, the two stages of the maneuver are not separable and the professional figure of the boatmen, in most European ports, is completed only with the acquisition of whole qualifications listed by the Circular. With reference to these last ones, it is necessary to verify their topicality, eventually updating them.

Obviously, once the amendments are agreed, It will be necessary to informally verify, at the IMO, the existence of the conditions to be able to proceed to the wished change of the Circular, before starting the procedure at the point 2).

2) Submission of the text at point 1.

It will be necessary to go on contacting the different representatives of the IMO member countries in order to:

a)      Acquaint them with our concerns

b)      Show the amendments to the initial document

c)      Convince them to present a vote motion of the previous text

3) Acquisition of new IBLA membership.

We have to move in order to contact realities which deal with mooring activity in the different continents with the specific aim to increase the IBLA membership basis. This is an essential prerequisite to be able to apply for the IMO membership, as better specified at point 5), with well-grounded hopes to be recognize by the Organization. The enlargement of the membership basis also allows to have a general picture about what happens in realities which performs the same activities of us in faraway ports, their action manners, their professional standard, their nautical and shore equipment. The creation of the web site, as well specified at point 6), will be surely useful to let the IBLA be well-know.

4) To establish contacts with IMPA.

If a no more returnable and more organic and collaborative relation with EMPA is established, we should try to have contacts with IMPA. 

5) Submission of application to IMO.

If there are the conditions (as at point 3), it will be possible to apply for IMO membership. I want to remember to you that if the application is refused it would be necessary to wait two years before applying again.

6) Creation of an IBLA website.

As already deliberated during the Santorini Assembly, we are going to create an IBLA website. In that occasion, we agreed on the need of this instrument in order to have that visibility which lacks today and that will allow to everyone will enter it an exhaustive view  of who we are, how we operate, of which professional certificates we have, of the nautical and terrestrial means we use, everything illustrated with a video in which there will be even the public service functions performed in the ports, pointing out those operations that have given a help for the safety of navigation and for the human lives and the environmental protection.

Thanks again to everyone for trusting me and I hope to return it putting all my energies in these aims.

The President

Marco Mandirola