The Seafarers International House stated that it is taking part in the campaign to pressure the International Maritime Organization to solve the issue of dangerous ladders and build a safer environment for ship pilots.

It should be reminded that the Sandy Hook ship pilot lost his life when he fell during a boarding of an inbound containership at the Port of New York and New Jersey, on Monday, December 30.

The Dangerous Ladders campaign was launched in September 2019, representing a global initiative to improve the safety of pilot transfer arrangements and in particular the safe rigging of pilot ladders.

A recent report published by IMPA in 2018 concerning a Pilot Ladder Safety survey revealed that:

  • Vessels still do not comply with basic standards;
  • Many fake ladders are sold to unsuspecting vessels;
  • Classification Societies certify non-compliant arrangements;
  • Port State Control officers sign off vessels on the basis of certificates without even sighting the ladders;
  • Inadequate boarding arrangements are prepared by poorly motivated crews often without officer supervision.