Pilot Ladder Safety

Pilot Ladder Safety – Do It Right The First Time. Every day around the world, maritime pilots board and disembark ships using pilot ladder arrangements. When the pilotladder is not used properly, a routine procedure can turn into a critical hazard . There are some very good reasons for using the pilot ladder in the correct way: The safety of the pilot and the structural integrity of the pilot ladder.

The aim of this website is to increase Pilot Ladder Safety awareness by showing good practice on the rigging and safe use of the pilot ladder. Through this site, by sharing information, news and feedback about good practice, we can raise the standards of Pilot Ladder Safety – Do It Right The First Time.

Do it right the first time!

For every ship there is a different way to rig the ladder properly, due to the nature of its construction. For every ship there is also one way to do it right. 

There is a lot that can be improved here

Regulations regarding Pilot Ladder safety

  • Solas convention CH V Reg 23 : regulations regarding Pilot Transfer Arrangements.
  • IMO resolution 1045(27).
  • ISO 799-1 industry standard.

With regards to the applicability of the above regulations, the ISM code states:

1.2.3 The safety-management system should ensure: .1 compliance with mandatory rules and regulations; and .2 that applicable codes, guidelines and standards recommended by the Organization, Administrations, classification societies and maritime industry organizations are taken into account.

For the various pages of this website, the applicable SOLAS requirements are marked in pink.

The appliccable IMO 1045(27) resolution recommendations are marked in grey.

Not every ladder that is rigged overboard is a pilot ladder. In ISO 799-1, the main manufacturing and material requirements for a pilot ladder can be found. A ladder conforming to this standard, shall be designated by the code ” Pilot Ladder ISO 799-1 ” – S ( number of steps) – L (length in meters) “. This should be marked on the bottom spreader and the top step. So when it sais ” Embarkation Ladder ” it is NOT a pilot ladder.

The pilot ladder is part of SOLAS equipment onboard. Maintenance and inspection of the ladder should be logged accordingly.

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Solas Ch V Reg 23: General regulations

1. Application

1.1. Ships engaged on voyages in the course of which pilots may be employed shall be provided with pilot transfer arrangements.

1.2. Equipment and arrangements for pilot transfer which are installedon or after 1 July 2012 shall comply with the requirements of this regulation, and due regard shall be paid to the standards adopted by the Organization.

1.3. Except as provided otherwise, equipment and arrangements for pilot transfer which are provided on ships before 1 July 2012 shall at least comply with the requirements of regulation 17 or 23, as applicable, of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, in force prior to that date, and due regard shall be paid to the standards adopted by the Organization prior to that date.

1.4. Equipment and arrangements installed on or after 1 July 2012, which are a replacement of equipment and arrangements provided on ships before 1 July 2012, shall, in so far as is reasonable and practicable, comply with the requirements of this regulation.

1.5. With respect to ships constructed before 1 January 1994, paragraph 5 shall apply not later than the first surveyon or after 1 July 2012.

1.6. Paragraph 6 applies to all ships.

2. General

2.1. All arrangements used for pilot transfer shall efficiently fulfil their purpose of enabling pilots to embark and disembark safely. The appliances shall be kept clean, properly maintained and stowed and shall be regularly inspected to ensure that they are safe to use. They shall be used solely for the embarkation and disembarkation of personnel.

3. Transfer arrangements

3.1. Arrangements shall be provided to enable the pilot to embark and disembark safely on either side of the ship.

3.2. In all ships, where the distance from sea level to the point of access to, or egress from, the ship exceeds 9 m, and when it is intended to embark and disembark pilots by means of the accommodation ladder, or other equally safe and convenient means in conjunction with a pilot ladder, the ship shall carry such equipment on each side, unless the equipment is capable of being transferred for use on either side.

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