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Watch: How to ensure a safe boarding

The American P&I Club’s Loss Prevention published a video, in which Danielle Centeno – Vice President, Loss Prevention/Survey Compliance – discusses three keys to safe boarding.

Tanker’s crewmember falls overboard during ladder fixing

According to the French Agency Premar Mediterranee, on Monday 13 April, a crewmember onboard the chemical tanker “Elandra Baltic” fell over the sea while working on the accommodation ladder. In fact, the 55-year old Latvian has fallen during the night, from at least 6 meters high.

APA recommends changes to pilot operations to improve safety

Following the loss of a New York pilot on December 30, the American Pilots’ Association issued a notice to the marine community advising of the dangers of some accommodation ladder/ pilot ladder combination arrangements with integrated embarking platforms.

US marine pilots urge on unsafe trapdoor arrangement

Following the death of a New York pilot back in December 2019, the American Pilots’ Association on behalf of around 1.200 American ship pilots, recently conducted a letter to the US State Pilotage Authorities concerning pilots’ safety.

Seafarers International House joins Dangerous Ladders campaign

The Seafarers International House announced that they are joining the Dangerous Ladders campaign, after the death of a veteran Sandy Hook ship pilot, who fell from an accommodation ladder. 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.

Tokyo MoU: Risks of improperly rigged pilot ladders

Tokyo MoU issued a Safety Bulletin to inform of the potential risks of using improperly rigged pilot ladders. This comes in response to several reports from pilots and pilot associations indicating that vessels are improperly securing their pilot ladders to the ship.

Unsafe pilot disembarkation procedures pose great risks

In its 57th issue CHIRP pays attention to several reports concerning safety onboard and accidents. In this one, the attention goes to a large cruise liner operated by one of the major passenger ship operators departing from port. The reporter in this instance was the disembarking pilot.

AMSA recommends safe pilot transfer arrangements

AMSA issues a marine notice focusing on the topic of pilot transfer arrangements, reminding seafarers that it is crucial to provide safe pilot transfer arrangements in favour of seafarers’ safety and prevention of accidents.AMSA refers to a number of accidents that have taken place in Australia from 2017 because of ladders.

Watch: Dangerous Ladders campaign launched

As part of the newly-launched Dangerous Ladders campaign, a global initiative to improve the safety of pilot transfer arrangements and in particular the safe rigging of pilot ladders, Fidra Films has developed a series of informational and educational films to illustrate the dangers and also best practice.

How to ensure safe operation of gangways

In light of several gangway claims, the Shipowners Club issued a revised booklet providing guidance on gangway safety. The booklet notes that gangways should have important information marked on their framework, including manufacturers’ name, safe loading (by numbers and weight), model number and the maximum angle for the gangway to be set at.


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