The SPSA and its objectives


In order to design, attain and operate this training tool, pilots from 17 maritime pilotage stations pooled their interests through a professional syndicate called the “Pilots’ Syndicate for the Atlantic, Brittany and Overseas Simulator”. It has officially been named SPSA during the constitutive assembly of the 7th of December 2007. Its head office is located hangar 12, quai du Marquis de l’Aiguillon in Nantes. Main objectives :

  • To provide a pilot training tool in compliance with IMO resolution A.960 (International Maritime Organisation). The trainings delivered within this framework, are intended for maritime pilots, and not open to the general public. The pilots trained according to their level of authorization, generally come in pairs every day. They are all up to date with their maritime medical examination allowing them to embark at sea in all conditions 365 days a year and 24 hours a day according to very precise criteria in accordance with the decree of January 23, 2018 relating to the conditions of medical aptitude for the functions of pilot... In fact, the profession and therefore these trainings, are not open to people with disabilities.
  • To ensure the exploitation of the simulator.

The SPSA board is managed by 5 pilots: a president, a vice-president secretary, a treasurer, an equipment representative and a staff representative.


Guillaume DALMARD

Pilote de La Loire


Jean Pierre HEMON
Vice président

Pilote de la Rochelle


Frédéric JOSSIER

Pilote de La Guadeloupe



Pilote de la Loire et des Sables d'Olonnes



Responsable du Personnel

Pilote de Brest