Before you, you see my third article on pilot boarding arrangements. After my two previous articles
(‘1000 ways to secure a pilot ladder’ and ‘1000 ladders around’, I have received a lot of feedback and
also questions to get deeper into the matter of combinations and embarkation platforms.
Since the last two articles were published a lot has happened, more and more shipping companies as
well as pilot associations worldwide are getting more aware of pilot boarding safety issues and the
way to get pilot boarding arrangements safe and compliant. As you might know, sometimes it is a
very easy fix.
Concerning embarkation platforms… to get them compliant it often takes more effort: some
constructional features must be changed; class agencies will have to approve etc. etc. but the costs
to get it right will not be that high.. In this next article I would like to show you the rights and wrongs
of these pilot boarding arrangements and what can be done to make them compliant as easy as
In the next chapters we will also, as in the previous articles, get into the rules and I’ll try to explain as
good as possible what is correct and what is not correct, of course illustrated with pictures out of my
own database and from the database of facebook’s “dangerousladders”.
In this article names of shipping companies/ships and manufacturers will only be displayed for
educational purposes, it’s not my goal to favor or bash around any company.
Hope you will enjoy reading this article!!
Click here to view / download PDF "1,000 combinations around" (1.5 MB)
Article 1,000 ways to secure a Pilot Ladder
by Arie Palmers, Netherlands - published on 10 January 2020
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.
Article ABP Southampton puts pressure on non-compliant 'trap door' Arrangements
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 22 April 2020
Video How Biggest Ship Crosses STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR in bad weather | Navigation Bridge Of Ship |
Found on YouTube. Created by "Karanvir Singh Nayyar".
This video includes how we transit STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR on the biggest ship in the world (EMMA MAERSK)
I have included some bridge procedures we are required to carry out PRE-ARRIVAL and how MASTER-PILOT exchange is carried out .
For aspiring sailors , do watch the whole video as you will learn how life at sea works , the challenges we face and the pros and cons of merchant navy .
I conduct Q&A session on my Instagram account, so don't forget to follow me there too
Video Drone video from Elbe River, Germany. Pilottransfer.
Video The Ampelmann L-type gangway system
The L-type is the compact and fully-electric solution for transferring crews from small, non-DP vessels onto fixed or floating structures. With its continuous flow of personnel, it can transfer 50 people in five minutes.More from Ampelmann Operations:
Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Ampelman...
Video Discussing video: Pilot Transfer to Ship by Helicopter
Video Pilot leaves the Regent Seven Seas Navigator at Halifax
Video HMM - Maiden voyage of HMM Algeciras #6-Yantian-departure
See the world’s largest containership (24,000 TEU) departing Yantian with a world record number of TEU’s on board (19,621 TEU). Wishing you ‘fair wind and following seas’ HMM Algeciras, through to Suez (25th May) then beyond to Rotterdam (ETA 3rd June), Hamburg (7th June), Antwerp (11th June) & London Gateway (14th June).