Pilot Ladder Manual - Advanced
This guide details the procedures that should be followed when preparing for pilot embarkation and disembarkation. It sets risk in context through relevant excerpts from IMO regulations and findings from the 2016 IMPA Safety Survey. Photographs and diagrams effectively demonstrate good and bad practice.
This publication emphasises the importance to ship operators and seafarers of adhering to established rules when preparing for pilot embarkation and disembarkation. It covers the responsibilities of all personnel involved in pilot transfer, pilot ladder construction and securing the pilot ladder. IMPA Safety Survey findings highlight areas of preparation that are often missed, raising awareness of possible risk mitigating measures. The guide includes the complete text of IMO Resolution A.1045(27) on Pilot Transfer Arrangements.
Throughout the world, at any time and in any weather conditions, a number of marine pilots will be in transit from one location to another. Each of these pilots will need to be safely embarked or disembarked from their ship. There are a number of ways in which this transfer operation can be completed, each involving a certain degree of risk.
It is critical that all involved in pilot transfer are fully aware of the dangers that exist. Only through effective training and education can pilot transfer operations be made safer, irrespective of the transfer method used.
arrangement is the focus of the publication.
Despite the best efforts of the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA), various regional and national pilot associations, and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), there continue to be far too many reports of poorly rigged or unsafe pilot ladders.
In recent years, a significant number of pilots have been fatally injured as a direct result of accidents occurring during embarkation or disembarkation and many more have been seriously injured.
provided. The figure for non-compliance in the 2002 survey was 22% and in the 2015 survey the non-compliance figure was 21%.
Standards cannot be said to have improved significantly, despite the recent changes to the regulations and recommendations. There continue to be many inadequate or unsafe transfer arrangements presented for pilots.
The aim of this publication is to remind all seafarers of the importance of adhering to the rules and established procedures when preparing for embarkation and disembarkation of pilots.
1.1 Regulations Applicable to Pilot Transfer Arrangements
1.2 Pilot Boarding Grounds
1.3 Owners and Ship Management Companies
1.4 On Board the Ship
1.5 Pilotage Services
1.7 Pilot Boat Crew
2. Pilot Ladder Construction
3. Securing the Pilot Ladder
4. Access to the Deck
6. Shipside Doors
7. Combination Ladders
8. Associated Equipment
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Captain Kevin Vallance
Captain Kevin Vallance has held the role of Master with South Coast Shipping Co and in 2006, became a Trinity House Licensed Deep Sea Pilot. He was elected to the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots’ Association Technical and Training Committee and represented them at a variety of safety meetings during his 5 year tenure. In 2020, he was awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for his services to maritime safety.
- Number of Pages:
- Binding Format:
- Book Height:
- 235 mm
- Book Width:
- 155 mm
- 0.2 kg
- Published Date:
- October 2017