Handholds or Stanchions?

Herman Broers 2

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 of ships are non compliant by design. For this reason, a new page has been added to the website, to highlight good practice in the use of handholds and stanchions.

Check out: https://pilotladdersafety.com/handholds-and-stanchions/

2 thoughts on “Handholds or Stanchions?

  1. NO 2- need to be specified as to how to secure these stanchions. There has to be a proper way of locking these to the deck with a locking bolt. Many a times these are either loose due to the play in bottom shoes (being oversized) or just come off if not secured well.

    Gajanan Karanjikar

  2. When a bulwark ladder arrangement is used, the stanchions have to extend 1.2 mtrs above the top of the bulwark. Looking at the IMO poster showing the bulwark ladder access arrangement, the stanchions start from the sockets on the ship’s deck. They then pass through guide holes in the bulwark and rise up to 1.2 mtrs above the bulwark. So, the unsupported length is 1.2 mtrs. Whereas in the railing gate arrangement shown above, the stanchion is supported at the top railing level, This leaves a much shorter unsupported length of stanchion. The latter is more resistant to bending.
    So, shipyards should design a “gate type” access even when a ship is built with a bulwark arrangement instead of railings. This way, the weaker stanchion arrangement on vessels with bulwarks will be avoided.

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