Australian Maritime Safety Authority published a Marine Notice to remind shipowners, operators, masters, crews, recognised organisations, marine pilots and pilotage providers about their obligation to provide and ensure continued safe pilot transfer arrangements on ships.
n particular, since November 2017 several pilots’ lives were placed at risk, in multiple separate incidents where a man rope parted, or its securing point failed.
In addition, AMSA received several incident reports on safety issues related to pilot transfer arrangements.
As explained, whenever a pilot or other person embarks or disembarks from a ship by ladder, they entrust their safety to the pilot transfer arrangements provided by the ship and the pilot boat crew.
SOLAS V/23 sets out the minimum standards for pilot transfer arrangements on ships on or after 1 July 2012.