As you are probably aware, there is no legislation about the way a pilot ladder should be secured on deck at intermediate length. As a result, we as pilots see many different ways of securing in use every day. Some ways are considered safe, some unsafe.
Recently Capt. Troy Evans did a research into the breaking strength of various securing methods. To quantify the problem of unsafe practices, now is time to have a survey into the number of the various securing methods used worldwide.
I call on you to participate and report every pilot ladder that is secured on deck in your next working week, using the online survey form here:
We need as many responses as possible. Spread the word amongst fellow pilots, let’s make it safer together.
Stay safe and healthy, very best regards,
Maritime Pilot, Port of Rotterdam