Interesting articles about safety and pilot ladders.

Article #DangerousLadders on Facebook

by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 10 September 2019

A valuable campaign managed by Chris Young, Kevin Vallance and others, which we found on Facebook .

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Video Pilot Boarding Arrangement - Pilot Ladder Boarding

published on 23 July 2021

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Pilot ladder and boarding arrangements on ships are frequently used to bring marine pilots onboard. It is considered to be one of the most critical operations as any mistakes during the pilot boarding or pilot ladder arrangement may lead to injury or fatality.
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Article New Pilot Ladder Magnet Is Switchable

published on 29 June 2021

On the back of the long-standing success of the Yellow-Mag ll Pilot Ladder Magnet worldwide, Serpent & Dove—Applied Magnetics is introducing its patented Yellow-Mag lll Switchable Pilot Ladder Magnet.

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Video Safe set-up of pilot ladders

published on 8 January 2024

This safety video examines the safe set-up of pilot ladders and details the safety checks that should be carried out before using a plot ladder to ensure a safe boat transfer.

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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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Video Know your Pilot Ladder in less than eight minutes

published on 13 November 2020

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Video PTR Pilot ladder

published on 6 November 2020

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Video Recorded Webinar: Pilot Ladder safety and Pilot Transfer procedures

published on 15 October 2020

Recorded presentation by All India Marine Pilots Association (AIMPA) on the topic "Pilot Ladder safety and Pilot Transfer procedures"

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Article The IMPA Safety Campaign starts today

published on 1 October 2020

Today is the beginning of IMPA´s 2020 Safety Campaign survey, and we would like to encourage you all to participate!

To submit a report click here: https://survey.impahq.org

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Opinion Pilot transfer arrangements - Sharing knowledge matters – but problems go beyond non-compliance to SOLAS itself

by Kevin Vallance deep sea pilot and author - published on 23 September 2020

Like many seafarers I have long been a keen follower of The Nautical Institute’s MARS programme, and along with many other members I listened to the recent webinar on that topic. One theme which was repeated more than once was that it is better to learn from someone else’s misfortune rather than have it happen to you. Having personally been involved in two near misses resulting from unsafe pilot transfer arrangements in a relatively short space of time, I asked how experiences and knowledge specifically about pilot ladder safety could best be promulgated to avoid repeating common accidents or near misses.

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Article Combinations Ladders: "1,000 combinations around" (by Arie Palmers)

by Arie Palmers, Netherlands - published on 13 July 2020

Before you, you see my third article on pilot boarding arrangements. After my two previous articles
(‘1000 ways to secure a pilot ladder’ and ‘1000 ladders around’, I have received a lot of feedback and
also questions to get deeper into the matter of combinations and embarkation platforms.

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Article Jacobsen Pilot Service and Los Angeles Pilot Station publish notice to all ships

published on 15 August 2020

Jacobsen Pilot Service and Los Angeles Pilot Station published a notice to all ships to inspect pilot ladders before the pilot boards.

Reason is an incident happened at the port of long beach in July 2020. Pilot ladder rope broke while the pilot was on the ladder - luckily the pilot was able to hold on.

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Article Origins of the IMPA pilot mark

by Kevin Vallance deep sea pilot and author - published on 24 October 2019

There are many things in both our everyday and professional lives which we take for granted and never question the origins of, an example of this might be the IMPA recommended ‘pilot mark or pilot line’, which is sometimes seen on the side of vessels indicating where a vessels freeboard exceeds 9 metres.

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Article Scary 30m (98.4ft) Wave Off Irelands West Coast Yesterday

by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 29 October 2020

A monster wave of 30m was measured at 03:00 am by the Marine Institute M6 buoy located 200nm West of Ireland.

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Article Turkish pilot loses his life on duty

published on 5 February 2024

The pilot fell into the sea from the cross at around 04.30 (04.02.2024) in the morning, while being transferred to the Cook Islands-The ppilot flagged 176 m long ship called NEW SIHAM, at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus.

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Article A member of our community is looking for a small used pilot boat

by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 16 October 2020

The Budget is 120.000 Euro. Please send your offers and questions to marketplace@marine-pilot.com

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Article An Interview with India’s First female Marine Pilot, Reshma Nilofer

published on 13 March 2023

Marine Pilot, Reshma Nilofer Visalakshi MNI broke the bias and started her career as a trainee pilot in 2011 and she has never looked back.

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Article Rosmorport pilots perform test pilotage operation for a vessel with extended dimensions

by Port News - published on 16 June 2021

This operation was carried out as part of a study of the capability of vessels of 142 meters length to enter and leave the seaport of Vyborg in the daylight.

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Article Historical pilot schooner "Elbe No. 5"​ collied with containership and sank.

by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 9 June 2019

This ship is a legend: The pilot schooner "No. 5 Elbe" is the oldest operating seagoing ship in Hamburg. Furthermore, the "white lady" is a real beauty. That's why it's a tragedy what happened on Pentecost Saturday: The two-master collided with a container ship and sank!

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