Article The BMA introduces inspection campaign for pilot transfer arrangements

published on 23 July 2021

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) once again demonstrates its commitment to seafarer safety by being the first registry to instigate a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) for pilot transfer arrangements. It will continue to run until the end of 2021.

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Opinion Suggestions to improve Pilot Ladder Safety

by Nasir Khan - published on 28 June 2021

Ideas from Nasir Khan, Port Pilot: "I would like to suggest that we try an experiment and make some modifications that will result in a better grip on the handrails of the ship's ladder and on the pilot ladder steps. Let's talk about it!"

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Article Pilot Ladder Maintenance, Use, Replacement & Inspection Record Book

published on 17 June 2021

Latest Version: Necessary knowledge about pilot ladders by PTR Holland. Very good summary! Download free of charge.

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Article Update: Guidance to ships for safe Rigging of Pilot Ladders (1st May)

by AIMPA - All India Marine Pilots' Association - published on 1 May 2021

Version from 1st May 2021: Ships that require the services of a pilot need to ensure that the Pilot Transfer Arrangements (PTA) they provide are in compliance with the requirements prescribed under SOLAS V/23 and IMO Resolution A.1045(27) [as amended by IMO Resolution A.1108(29)].

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Article UK Ports and Pilots take firm stand against Non-compliant Trap Door Boarding arrangements

published on 24 March 2021

UKMPA has released a notice to their members today regarding the so-called non compliant trapdoors. Vessels have been rejected entrance, talks have started with different shipping companies.

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Opinion Snakes or Ladders

by Ewan Rattray, UK - published on 12 March 2021

A MIXED METHODOLOGY REVIEW INTO THE BOARDING AND LANDING OF MARITIME PILOTS.

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Article Dardanelles: Turkish pilot falls from pilot ladder

by Frank Diegel - published on 8 March 2021

Eray Demirkol, one of the pilots of the Dardanelles Strait General Directorate of Coastal Safety, fell from the pilot ladder into the sea while he was boarding the 176-meter bulk carrier 28653 DWT named "Lord Nelson".

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Article Results online survey into the securing methods of pilot ladders

by Herman Broers - published on 5 March 2021

It has been shown that a majority (51%) of pilot ladders is secured by means of D-shackles, when secured at intermediate length. Previous research (Evans, 2020) has proven that this method has only about 50% of the strength of the pilot ladder when secured at full length (“double ended ladder”), or by means of the “endless-sling” method.

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Article The Story of the #dangerousladders group on Facebook

by Arie Palmers - published on 21 January 2021

The “DangerousLadder” page on facebook is nowadays a very well known community in the maritime world. It is steadily growing towards 3000 members, which will be the next milestone membership-wise.

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Article IMPA Safety Campaign Analysis 2016-2020

by Herman Broers - published on 6 January 2021

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.

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