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 the first place is the good old checklist. It will enable the crew to take the time to do the job correctly and also raise awareness.

On many ships critical operations such as tank entry, or working aloft are regulated by procedures. These procedures are a safeguard against the most common risks identified regarding these operations. The boarding and disembarkation of a pilot are critical operations as well. Why not have a procedure for the correct use of pilot transfer arrangement?

When you’re a master or a ship manager, and you’re not sure about the awareness of your crews on the requirements surrounding this critical operation, or when you just want to make sure you do it right the first time, every time, why not have a procedure in place? It does not have to be difficult, in fact it is quite easy to have this checklist available at the pilot access area. So that everybody knows the job is done right. The first time.

Check out https://pilotladdersafety.com/checklist where you can download your hard copy of this document .

2 thoughts on “Pilot Ladder checklist, why not?

  1. Question. Does the combination ladder require man ropes. Recently a Master stated he was unable rig man ropes with the combination ladder?

    1. Tim, Solas V reg 23 3.3.1:” .1. when a combination arrangement is used for pilot access, means shall be provided to secure the pilot ladder and manropes to the ship’s side at a point of nominally 1.5 m above the bottom platform of the accommodation ladder….”
      So yes, and they should be secured above the platform at 1,5m to the ship’s hull.

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