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The Transport Ministry will this year tighten the physical checkup criteria for older marine pilots to ensure they are physically fit to guide large vessels through busy ports and bays, sources close to the ministry said July 8.

At the same time, the ministry will ease the requirements on examinations for a pilot’s license, they said. The ministry contends the new health criteria are not intended to weed out older pilots and says the measure will be studied through the eyes of medical practitioners and experts. At present, pilots who are deemed healthy enough can work until they reach 77.

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