New performance standard for pilot transfer arrangements

by IMPA - International Maritime Pilots’ Association - published on 14 June 2024 1457 -

Published by IMPA on LinkedIn today:

This week, the International Maritime Organization Sub-Committee responsible for developing amendments to SOLAS regulation V/23 and associated instruments (NCSR 11) finalized a new performance standard for pilot transfer arrangements, which is expected to be made mandatory by SOLAS and apply to new and existing SOLAS and non-SOLAS ships from 1 January 2028.

Several significant improvements over the existing regime for pilot transfer arrangement safety have been achieved, including:
  • A consolidated, mandatory regime which should help everyone involved in designing, installing, inspecting, maintaining and rigging pilot transfer arrangements do their best work
  • Application to existing ship, without grandfathering provisions
  • Approval and type approval of pilot transfer arrangements by Administrations and the removal of self-certification by manufacturers of pilot ladders. Type approval will also be accompanied by manufacturers having a certified quality management system
  • Alignment with the ISO 799 series of standards, as far as appropriate, and enhanced provisions for inspection and maintenance
  • Alignment with the trapdoor arrangement standard in ISO 799-3:2022
  • Provisions for specific equipment for the securing of pilot ladders at intermediate lengths
  • A maximum service life for pilot ladders and manropes, including spares, of 36 months from the date of manufacture
  • A requirement to carry a spare pilot ladder and manropes
  • The pilot mark will be required for ships that need to use combination arrangements
In addition, the new Required Pilot Transfer Arrangements poster was considered, and following valuable contributions from Member States, it will be submitted to IMO again later this year for approval.
Voluntary early implementation of the changes by flag State Administrations is also due to be encouraged.

The next steps will be:
  • Approval by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 109) in December 2024
  • Adoption by MSC 109 in June 2025
  • Entry into force on 1 January 2028
  • Compliance by the first survey after 1 January 2029 (SOLAS ships) or 1 January 2030 (non-SOLAS ships)
This is a significant step forward for the safety of pilots and other personnel using pilot transfer arrangements that have taken over 18 months to deliver. IMPA is immeasurably grateful to all those Member States and international organizations that helped us achieve this important outcome, and we look forward to their continued support.

Join the conversation...

Login or register to write comments and join the discussion!
René Hartung Lotsenbrüderschaft NOK II Kiel / Lübeck / Flensburg, Germany
on 15 June 2024, 16:56 UTC

Very good!


Video IMPA Seminar on Maritime Pilots and Pilotage

published on 10 November 2022

The Seminar aims to inform Member States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO about the societal value of maritime pilots and pilotage as a public service. The IMO Secretary-General has recognised maritime pilots as having always been vital to ensuring the safety of navigation in key ports and shipping lanes globally and playing a crucial role in sustaining the global supply chain using specialized knowledge and expertise....


Article IMO opens discussion on SOLAS Convention to amend pilot boarding arrangements

published on 28 November 2022

According to information from Simon Pelletier, President of IMPA, it was resolved at the IMO Maritime Safety Committee 106 on 08.11.2022 to open up the SOLAS Convention for amendment in respect of pilot boarding arrangements.


Article A contempt for pilot safety and total disregard for the contents of the SOLAS Convention.

by Captain Kevin Vallance MNI - published on 4 October 2019

Tuesday, October 1st is the start date of the latest International Maritime Pilot Association's annual Safety Campaign.

Previous campaigns by the association have consistently shown results of pilot ladder deficiencies around the 20% mark.


Article Study: "Performance assessment in full-scale simulators"

published on 14 July 2021

Study from 2020: Precise assessment of complex maritime navigation requires reliable and valid assessment frameworks. The purpose of this research was to examine the reliability and validity of the proposed CAPA-tool.


Article ‘Smart Ports. Piers of the future' brings together six large ports

by - published on 25 November 2019

For the first time, the ports of Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Montreal and Rotterdam come together to showcase their most advanced digital transformation and sustainability projects at their dedicated ‘Smart Ports’ exhibit


Video Ship Bridge VR Simulator

published on 6 July 2021

A look into the future of the ship's bridge with new technologies.


Article Pilot Profiles Webinar by AMPI

by Australasian Marine Pilots Institute - published on 31 October 2021

Free Marine Pilot Profiles webinar, unday 14th November at 7pm AEDT. Open to everyone.


Article Finnpilot In 2021: Reliable Pilotage Service Amid The Covid-19 Crisis

published on 18 March 2022

Finnpilot released its annual report for 2021. The impact on the amount of Finland’s international imports and exports significantly affected vessel traffic and the number of pilotage assignments. The number of pilotage assignments in coastal waters decreased by 1.9% from the previous year. In the Saimaa region, the number increased by 5.3% from the previous year.


Video Awesome Pilot Boat Drone Video

published on 12 July 2021

It's on the Tees, vessel is the Saltholme.


Video Harbor Pilot from Galveston Bay through the Houston Ship Channel

published on 3 March 2022

A ride along with a harbor pilot as he guided a cargo ship from Galveston Bay through the Houston Ship Channel into a port on Buffalo Bayou.