This Safety Alert addresses the importance of verifying the correct arrangement of handholds in embarkation gate arrangements aboard merchant vessels. The Coast Guard is currently investigating a casualty involving a fall from a pilot ladder where the handholds in the gate arrangement aboard the vessel terminated without being rigidly secured […]
Port of Hamburg have issued a very useful pilot ladder safety leaflet for ships visiting the port of Hamburg. In this leaflet, a very clear set of instructions is given to ship’s crews .The leaflet can be downloaded here.
Various news sources today report that on February 21st, a 58 year old Taiwanese pilot died while boarding the vessel BLUE OCEAN for her inbound voyage to Taichung. He was located after 40 minutes and recovered from the sea. According to news sources it was a choppy sea at the […]
On many pilot ladders the sign of a small steering wheel is depicted in the certificate and on the pilot ladder as well. What does that mean? The simple answer is: The steering wheel is the symbol of compliance with the EU Marine Equipment Directive. But there is much more […]
In the latest issue of CHIRP’s Maritime Feedback Issue 66, the relation between Pilot Ladder Safety and the Human Factor, a very good read. The factors Capability, Culture and Local Practices are discussed. As usual the CHIRP is a very good read and the maritime bulletin can be found here.
The following short clip appeared on TikTok recently, showing a non compliant trapdoor arrangement, and a pilot using it. From this short video, the dangers of this kind of arrangement are very clear. The pilot ladder and the combination ladder are not secured to the hull. Both are hanging free […]
It is not often that this blog is used to show bad practice, however in this case some pictures tell a whole story. Ship is compliant by design for rigging a combination. How about the operator(s)? The recessed supporting points are not used for securing the ladder at 1,5 meters […]
Source: ICS Press release A guide to maritime pilot transfer safety has been updated amid industry concerns about poorly rigged ladders causing severe injuries or fatalities. The ‘Shipping Industry Guidance on Pilot Transfer Arrangements’, produced by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in partnership with the International Maritime Pilots’ Association […]
It is with great sadness that we learned about the passing of Captain Troy Evans, maritime pilot from Tauranga, New Zealand. Troy has been a pioneer in sharing the awareness on pilot ladder safety. His practical research in determining the strength of various intermediate securing methods of ladders was groundbreaking […]
Loodsen: “Doden door onveilige loodsladders en onkundige bemanning” Source: Schuttevaer, 15 december 2021 De internationale loodsenassociatie Impa luidt de noodklok over onveilige loodsladders. Uit een wereldwijde peiling blijkt volgens de loodsen dat de toegang tot het schip via de loodsladder vaak niet voldoet aan de voorschriften. In Europa gaat het […]