New Website PilotladderSafety.com
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 30 June 2020
This website’s goal is to increase pilot ladder safety by showing good practice examples regarding the rigging and use of pilot ladder arrangements . Do it right the first time!
Directly to the website: www.PilotladderSafety.com
Every day around the world, maritime pilots board and disembark ships using pilot ladder arrangements. When the pilotladder is not used properly, a routine procedure can turn into a critical hazard . Unfortunately we still see a lot of accidents resulting from badly prepared pilot ladders.
Let us use the power of internet to make things better, from a positive point of view. Sharing good practice examples, sharing how it’s done right, the first time .
Every contribution to this website is welcome. If you want more information regarding this initiative, send him a direct message or contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article Securing pilot ladders at intermediate lengths
by Kevin Vallance deep sea pilot and author - published on 6 January 2020
Over the past few years a number of pilot transfer accidents have occurred resulting from total failure of the side ropes, one school of thought is that the methods of securing a pilot ladder is a factor in such occurrences.
Article SWATH & SWASH Technology - Smoother pilot boarding
by Marine-Pilots.com - published yesterday
SWATH and SWASH are interesting technologies that allow a vessel to sail much more calmly in high waves. A stable and calm position of the ship is especially important for pilot boarding.
Article The magnetic north pole migration - What a Pilot should know
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 22 February 2019
The Arctic magnetic pole does not move anymore. It runs, faster and faster. In recent years, even faster than expected. Therefore, geo-researchers have now had an unscheduled change to their world model and adjust their calculations, so that navigation with compass and other navigation aids such as a Pilot Plug, used by pilots around the world, continue to work.
Video #Dangerousladders Trailer
The #DangerousLadders campaign is a global initiative to improve the safety of pilot transfer arrangements and in particular the safe rigging of pilot ladders. As part of this campaign, Fidra Films have developed a series of informational and educational films to illustrate the dangers and also best practice.
Generously funded by the sponsors below, all of whom have an interest in the safety of maritime pilots, the series aims to reduce the incidence of non-compliant ladder arrangements, something that pilots face every day of their working lives.
Anyone with an interest in the subject of pilot transfer safety should join the #DangerousLadders Facebook group, where there is continual discussion and educational advice from the global pilotage community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/83176...
The development, production and distribution of this series is generously sponsored by:
The Standard Club
With support from the pilots at ABP Southampton and a vessel location supplied by Tarmac.
Opinion Piloting in the Corona Era - Understanding differences in COVID-19 mitigating procedures
by Herman Broers - Rotterdam / Netherlands - published on 20 April 2020
As the world struggles with the Covid-19 virus, the maritime world is being hit hard, not only economically, but also socially and operationally. Iin shipping there are no borders.
Opinion Harbor Pilots, the Boeing 737 MAX and Automation
by Capt. Jim Wright , Southwest Alaska Pilots Association (retired) - published on 5 March 2020
The debate is whether highly skilled pilots could have successfully overcome the recent Boeing 737 MAX computer deficiencies. Will this question eventually be relevant to harbor pilot skills?
Article Safer shipping over ice
by Drift + Noise GmbH - published on 16 October 2019
Every ship transporting goods to, from or through the Arctic wants to find the fastest and safest way through or around the ice. Even service ice breakers save considerable amounts of time and fuel when they choose an easy path through the ice opposed to a straight path.
Video Busan Port: Collision of MILANO BRIDGE with cranes and container ship SEASPAN GANGES
Found on YouTube. Created by SailorsTV on Apr 6.
Container ship MILANO BRIDGE in the afternoon Apr 6 contacted gantry crane 85 at Busan New Port container terminal while proceeding to berth 7 with pilot on board, then she contacted berthed container ship SEASPAN GANGES, and moving on momentum further on, contacted cranes 81 and 84. Crane 85 collapsed, cranes 81 and 84 were derailed, crane 85 operator was slightly injured.
SEASPAN GANGES left port shortly after accident, understood damages were slight or none.
MILANO BRIDGE as of 1100 UTC wasn’t yet moored, probably because of crane debris on her stern.
Watch also (video of AIS track)
Unofficial internal company timeline report
Thanks for serious comments. We only show the incident objectively and we do not allow ourselves to make a quick judgement about what happened.
This is a terrible accident, especially for the involved crews on ships and cranes, the captain and the pilot. Please have respect for the people! We will have to wait for the investigation and will continue to report on it.
Nobody wants to experience such an accident themselves.