Scheldt Pilots issue PTA advice to all visiting ships

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The pilots on the Scheldt river, serving Antwerp, Gent and the Dutch ports of Flushing and Terneuzen, have issued a joint statement in which all visiting ships are strongly adviced to comply with Pilot Transfer Arrangements (PTA’s) regulations and guidelines. The notice shows good and bad practice examples on the […]

Pilot Ladder checklist, why not?

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When looking into the main non-compliances regarding pilot transfer arrangements, it can be noted that most of them can easily be fixed onboard. A lot of them can be attributed to lack of training, lack of awareness and lack of time. The easiest way to prevent non-compliance’s from happening in […]

North P and I club issues guidance on Pilot Ladder Safety

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Pilots Take Action Against Non-Compliant Boarding Arrangements 26/03/2021 INDUSTRY NEWS Local pilot associations are taking action in protest of boarding arrangements that are considered non-compliant. Accidents involving poorly maintained pilot ladders are well reported and remain a concern for the industry as a whole. If a pilot is presented with unsafe […]

Handholds or Stanchions?

Getting on and off a pilot ladder safely requires the right setup of handholds or handhold-stanchions. The regulations and guidelines regarding these items are very clear about which type of handholds should be used. Also, the technical particulars are well defined in IMO Guidelines 1045(27). In practice however, a lot […]

Maersk guidance on trapdoor arrangements

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This week, Maersk has issued guidance notes on the correct use and layout of trapdoor pilot ladder arrangements. Hopefully all non compliant and dangerous arrangements of this kind will be replaced soon. A great amount of effort in achieving this has been done by various maritime pilots around the world. […]

Instructional Video – Brasil Pilots

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The Brasil Pilots have launched an excellent video in 2018 on the safe use of pilot ladders. This Youtube film is 24 minutes long with English subtitles. This contribution was made by Capt. Porthos Lima, Maritime pilot at Rio de Janeiro pilots. Editor’s note: Some footage may contain pilot ladders […]