Shipping Industry Guidance on Pilot Transfer Arrangements - Ensuring Compliance with SOLAS

Author(s)                 ICS, IMPA
Publisher ICS, IMPA
Date 2012
Pages 5
Format pdf
Size 1.2 Mb

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   The present useful and practical industry guidance was released by ICS, i.e. International Chamber of Shipping in close co-operation with IMPA, standing for the International Maritime Pilots Association, and this was also supported by Intertanko, BIMCO, Intercargo, IGP&D, ITF, IPTA, OCIMF, IFSMA, CLIA, and The Nautical Institute. The ultimate purpose of this publication was to ensure due compliance with the applicable principal requirements concerning the rigging of the pilot ladders, as outlined in Regulation 23 of SOLAS Convention. Pilot comes aboard ship to provide required professional assistance to the crew in the most critical and hazardous phases of the voyage. He possesses particular specific local knowledge and shall also have all necessary ship handling skills to contribute to the safe arrival/departure of the ships. Generally, pilots come aboard and disembark utilizing traditional rope ladders to and from pilot boats. However, it shall be noted as necessary that this procedure could be very dangerous if the people involved do not strictly adhere to the IMO standards or in case they really fail to practice acceptable skills of good seamanship. Unfortunately, some pilots have lost their lives as a result of numerous accidents that occurred at the time of boarding and disembarking...

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