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Changes to Pilot Transfer Arrangements

Revised requirements to enter into force on July 1st, 2012 This newsletter outlines revised requirements as to pilot ladder arrangements which enter into force on 1 July 2012. A key issue is the interpretation of the installation date for such arrangements in order to identify whether the revised requirements apply. DNV's practice of applying the installation date for this equipment, based on the latest instructions given by IMO, is stated below.In December 2010, IMO MSC 88 adopted MSC.308(88), which contains amendments to SOLAS regulation V/23 on pilot transfer arrangements in order to update and improve safety aspects relating to pilot transfers. Briefly, this means:In force from 1 July 2012.Applicable to newbuildings.Some requirements also apply to existing ships.Newbuildings The following bullet points summarise the implications of the revised requirements, which are to be found in A.1045(27) from November 2011 and MSC.308(88) from December 2010, versus the old SOLAS regulation V/23:Mechanical pilot hoists shall not be used.Slight changes to the construction of ladders (spacing of steps, retrieval line, marking).Requirements as to arrangements where an accommodation ladder is used in conjunction with pilot ladders (e.g. angle of slope, securing against the ship side, opening direction of trapdoors, height above sea level).Requirements to ensure ...

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New SOLAS regulation adopted

Pilot Transfer Arrangements Throughresolution MSC.308(88), MSC 88 adopted amendments to SOLAS regulation V/23 relating to pilot transfer arrangements.The background for the replacement of the existing regulation V/23 was a number of accidents that have taken place during pilot transfer. Furthermore, with MSC.1/Circ.1402 IMO encourages Port State Control officers to include inspection of pilot transfer arrangements.The new adopted regulation V/23 reads as follows:1 Application1.1 Ships engaged on voyages in the course of which pilots may be employed shall be provided with pilot transfer arrangements.1.2 Equipment and arrangements for pilot transfer which are installed on or after 1 July 2012 shall comply with the requirements of this regulation, and due regard shall be paid to the standards adopted by the Organization.1.3 Except as provided otherwise, equipment and arrangements for pilot transfer which are provided on ships before 1 July 2012 shall at least comply with the requirements of regulation 17 (Refer to resolution MSC.99(73)) or 23, as applicable, of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, in force prior to that date, and due regard shall be paid to the standards adopted by the Organization prior to that date.1.4 Equipment and arrangements installed on or after 1 July ...

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