Video: why retrieval lines can be dangerous

Herman Broers

Retrieval lines are mainly used – as the name implies – to retrieve the pilot ladder after use. It has often been argued that they can be trip hazards for pilots, getting on- or off the speed tender. The rule of the thumb for the correct use of the retrieval line is: above the spreader, leading forward. And even then it is still risky.

The below clip ships a pilot disembarking a ship getting entangled in the ship’s retrieval line.

Source: Capt Giuseppe Raffa
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