The dangers of the trapdoor arrangement

Herman Broers

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 from the ship’s side
  • In case of swell, and a rolling ship this will result in a dangerous situation.
  • The pilot ladder does not extend 2 meters above the platform
  • As a result of all of this, the pilot has some difficulty transferring from the pilot ladder onto the platform.
Trapdoor arrangement. Source: TikTok

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