Boarding operations could be hazardous, even when the weather is fine and all equipment is correctly maintained and deployed.
For this reason, Danielle Centeno - Vice President, Loss Prevention/Survey Compliance - share three key points to have in mind, in order to ensure a safe boarding.
1. Achieve a safe angle of inclination on gangways or accommodation ladders
This can be achieved by posting the design angle nearby and mounting an inclinometer right on the gangway.
2. Keep an eye on who is coming aboard
Supervision on the gangway is not only an essential security measure, but also vital for safety. It is important to have someone present to see that crew, visitors, or passengers board safely, and to lend a hand if needed.
3. Boarding equipment should be securely fixed to the vessel
As pointed out by the Interport pilots, some vessels are now using magnetic hull clamps to reduce the swing of the pilot ladder as it is being climbed. This is useful for pilots boarding in heightened weather conditions.