Captain Ricardo Falcão graduated from the Brazilian Merchant Marine Academy as Bachelor in Nautical Sciences. He is an active 1st class pilot in the Amazon River Pilots’ group since March 2000. He was elected as Technical Advisor on his group and was member of the technical Advisory Committee of CONAPRA (Brazilian Maritime Pilots’ Association) from 2006 to 2010. He was elected Vice-president of his pilot group from 2010 to 2011 and, in the same year, was also elected president of Amapá State Pilots’ Union, a position he held until 2015. He was elected president of CONAPRA in 2011 and re-elected in 2013. In 2014 was elected Vice-president of IMPA. In 2015 joined CIARB (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) and became an International Arbitrator for CBAM (Brazilian Center of Maritime Arbitration). From 2016 to 2017 was the editor of RUMOS PRÁTICOS (CONAPRA’s International Magazine), and On January 2018 became Director of Legislative Affairs on CONTTMAF (Brazilian Transport Worker’s Federation).
As president of CONAPRA, he signed the Memorandum of Agreement with INTERTANKO, developed the Brazilian Maritime Pilots’ Federation (FENAPRÁTICOS) until its establishment and contributed to the general agreement that was signed between FENAPRATICOS and FENAMAR (Brazilian Shipagency’s Federation). He also successfully conducted, for two and half years, the Brazilian Pilots’defense against shipowners attack, that gathered some members of the Congress, Senate and, for a moment, the President of Brazil herself, intending to change pilots legislation. In 2016, as VP IMPA, in partnership with the American Pilots Association, produced the publication “PPU GUIDELINES”.