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IMPA Information on Pilot Transfer Operations (May 2024)


published on 13 May 2024 1070 -

The document "IMPA Information on Pilot Transfer Operations" by the International Maritime Pilots' Association (IMPA) provides comprehensive guidelines for conducting pilot transfer operations to improve safety and efficiency of these processes. It addresses various aspects including personal safety training, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), specific procedures for transferring pilots via boats and helicopters, as well as emergency preparedness and response to incidents.

The content is divided into several main parts:


  • Part A focuses on personal safety training, including survival techniques and proper handling of protective equipment.
  • Part B describes the necessary personal protective equipment, its proper application and maintenance to minimize risks during transfer.
  • Part C deals with the operational procedures for pilot transfers, including specific requirements for ships and pilot boats.
  • Part D covers emergency preparedness and crisis management to appropriately respond to medical emergencies and other critical situations during transfers.
  • Part E discusses incident reporting and promotes a culture of learning from near-misses to continuously improve safety.

The document emphasizes the importance of regular training, equipment review, and compliance with international standards to ensure the safety of all parties involved in pilot transfer operations.

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