Pilot Ladders

Compliant Pilot Ladder Lengths: Kevin Vallance

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There are many things in both our everyday and professional lives we take for granted and never question the origins of. An example of this might be the IMPA recommended ‘pilot mark or pilot line’, sometimes seen on the side of vessels to indicate where a vessel’s freeboard exceeds nine metres. Read the rest of this entry »

Pilot Embarkation Platforms: Kevin Valance

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Photograph 1: ‘Embarkation platform’.Kevin Vallance

During the transit time on the pilot launch between the shore and the vessel, pilots will spend at least a portion of that time carrying out (either consciously or subconsciously) a risk assessment of the forthcoming operation. Read the rest of this entry »

Chairman’s Report December 2013: Don Cockrill

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Transition into the winter has already given many of us some severe weather. Read the rest of this entry »

Illegal Boarding Arrangement

 

STOP! DO NOT USE THIS FOR BOARDING Read the rest of this entry »

Pilot Ladders Update

Further to last quarter’s report on London pilot Jon Stafford’s fall from a pilot ladder there is very good news from the IMO in the form of Resolution A1045 which was formally adopted on 30th November last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Pilot Ladders: An Old Rust Bucket?

 

 

No. This is the USS Howard,s Pilot ladder!

Recently, the Los Angeles Jacobsen pilot assigned to the USS Howard, a guided missile destroyer stationed in San Diego, experienced the surprise of his life. Read the rest of this entry »

Pilot Overboard

 

Every pilot’s nightmare is to fall off the ladder whilst boarding and although such incidents are fortunately very rare, tragically  pilot ladder falls result in 1 -2  deaths per year worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

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