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Report presents issues with pilot transfers

The International Maritime Pilots Association conducted a Pilot Ladder Safety providing detailed information regarding the results they have concluded in.
For a Maritime Pilot, embarking and disembarking a ship is a dangerous task. The method of operation has changed very little over the years, and a large percentage of vessels still do not comply with standards for those arrangements.

Deputy sheriff dies after falling from ship’s boarding ladder

The ship was four nautical miles from the Port Elizabeth‚ when the late warrant Officer, Henry Kemp, aged 42, plunged at least 8 metres into the ocean, while climbing a steep ladder to execute a warrant of arrest to the master of the ship, according to SAMSA.

AMSA: Risks when using secondary means of support arrangements

There are often no policies, procedures or instructions contained in the safety management system for the use and maintenance of the secondary means of support arrangements and crew have been unable to demonstrate proficiency in the use of these arrangements, AMSA notes.

Inadequate safety equipment leads to fatality onboard

Transport Malta’s Marine Safety Investigation Unit issued an investigation report on the fatality of a crew member, after falling from a vertical ladder, onboard a bulk carrier in  October 2016, while underway in the Caribbean Sea.

Rigging of pilot ladders should be performed under supervision

Embarking or disembarking from a high freeboard vessel can be a daunting task, particularly in heavy weather. It is therefore important that pilot boarding arrangements and procedures are in strict compliance with SOLAS to best ensure the safety of pilots and other persons who may use the equipment, UK Club notes.

Crews urged for vigilance when using portable ladders

Steamship Mutual P&I Club issued a risk alert to advise on the use of portable ladders ashore and onboard ships, as it has been notified in recent months of a number of crew injury claims resulting from ladders. 

North: Pilot ladders' role to safety onboard

In its latest Signals newsletter, North Club presents the role of pilot ladders in port operations and in crew safety, emphasizing that there are often serious incidents caused by pilots in boarding operations, even when the weather is fine and all equipment is correctly maintained.

Three crew injured due to collapse of accommodation ladder

In the latest edition of its Safety Digest, the UK MAIB presents the injury of three crew members on board a bulk carrier, during berthing operations, in a UK port, when the accommodation ladder they were rigging collapsed. UK MAIB provides a description of the case and important lessons learnt, to prevent similar accidents from occurring again.

Chief engineer drowned after falling overboard from pilot ladder

An accident occurred onboard a Hong Kong-registered ship, when a chief engineer fell into the sea and drowned, during disembarking. The chief engineer did not wear shipboard inflatable lifejacket or SOLAS lifejacket in accordance with the requirements of the shipboard safety management system.

RMI informs on pilot transfer arrangements

The Republic of Marshall Islands Registry issued a circular, informing on means of ship embarkation/disembarkation and pilot transfer arrangements, regulated by SOLAS International Convention. Inspections and tests to confirm proper construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of equipment shall be conducted in accordance with SOLAS.


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