By: Herman Broers, Godfried Maas and Geert van der Molen This article describes the project of three MMSI students at Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz at Terschelling, the Netherlands. As part of their course Master in Marine Shipping Innovations, they embarked on a project to improve the way pilot ladders are […]
Backpack or not? It’s all about the lifejacket.
When publishing articles or pictures about pilots and their pilotladders, very often we see the use of backpacks. The use of backpacks is controversial, since its weight, or buoyancy, can influence the functioning of the lifejacket used. With a lot being said about the issue, the only way to find […]
Stepping up for pilot safety
source: Maritimejournal.com Pilot ladders are such a risk “that one pilot referred to climbing them as a ‘leap of faith’,” Madelaine Dowd of Helm Innovation told MJ. Incidents have caused “broken ankles, hips, backs, head injuries, near drownings – and fatalities,” added Don Cockrill, former UK Maritime Pilots Association lead. […]