This is an abridged version of the full analysis. At the end of the article is a link to the full analysis by Herman Broers.
The IMPA safety campaign on pilot ladders has run for a long time now. In this document the results of the IMPA safety campaign have been analyzed from 2016 to 2020.
This analysis shows a growing involvement of maritime pilots in the area of safety of pilot ladders, with the number of reports more than doubling since 2016. Fishing vessels show an improving record of non compliances.
- The 2020 campaign had a record number of observations (6394) which is 236% compared to the number of observations of 2016.
- The increase of observations in 2020 compared to 2019 has mainly been caused by the number of observations from the South American pilots who are now the “leading” contributors to the IMPA safety campaign.
- From the above data, it is clear that the percentage of non-compliant ladders has decreased the most amongst fishing vessels, a decrease from 33% to 15%.
- The overall spread between categories of ships with non-compliant ladders has narrowed from 25% in 2016 to 14% in 2020.
- The category with the highest percentage of non-compliant ladders in 2020 is “passenger ships”. (21%)