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IMPA received the 2022 SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award


published on 20 October 2022 150 -

Source: safety4sea.com - picture from YouTube (link below)

International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) received the 2022 SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award for conducting annually its ‘Pilot Ladder Safety Campaign’ with the objective of reporting pilots’ experiences of ladders and boarding equipment to the IMO and the wider shipping community. Other distinguished short-listed nominees of this category were: Inmarsat, International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), Safetytech Accelerator and Seafarers Hospital Society.

Accepting the award on behalf of the company, Capt. Simon Pelletier, President, said:
"Our goal is to raise awareness of the daily dangers that pilots face all around the world. Pilots are the experts with local knowledge and experience to make pilotage effective. Importantly, IMPA members achieve an impressive record, but our experience says that the pilots’ remains hazardous."
IMPA is a non-profit organization which represents over 8,360 pilot members in 51 countries. For over 10 years, IMPA conducts annually safety campaigns with the objective of reporting pilots’ experiences of ladders and boarding equipment to the IMO and the wider shipping community. Every year, the IMPA pilot ladder survey reveals the ongoing rate of compliance/non-compliance with SOLAS, with regards to pilot ladders and pilot boarding arrangements. During the survey period, IMPA invites all its members to submit a report for every vessel they board, regardless of whether the arrangement is compliant or not. These reports are then collated and presented in an annual report to IMO.

The same format is repeated every year to allow a ready comparison between successive surveys. Last Pilot Ladder Safety campaign (2021) received 3,322 reports from pilots operating across the world, of which 13.43% found non-compliant. IMPA urges owners to ensure that the ladders onboard comply with agreed industry standards, SOLAS and ISO 799, and that crews are properly trained.
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