Pilot Ladder Manual - Advanced

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November 2017

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Pilot Ladder Manual - Advanced

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This guide sets out the rules, regulations and procedures that should be followed when preparing for pilot embarkation and disembarkation.  It includes relevant excerpts from IMO regulations and is illustrated throughout with colour photographs and diagrams demonstrating good and bad practice.

Written by Kevin Vallance, Trinity House Licensed Deep Sea Pilot, this detailed publication aims to remind all ship operators and seafarers of the vital importance of adhering to the rules and established procedures when preparing for embarkation and disembarkation of pilots.  It covers the general responsibilities of all involved in pilot transfer, pilot ladder construction, securing the pilot ladder, access to the deck, supervision of transfer operations, shipside doors, combination ladders, associated equipment and lighting.  Each section is supported by relevant excerpts from IMO regulations together with colour photographs taken by pilots while on operation.  The guide provides annotated rigging diagrams as well as the complete text of IMO Resolution A.1045(27) on Pilot Transfer Arrangements.




About the Author



Author’s Introduction


1. General Responsibilities of all Involved in Pilot Transfer


1.1 Regulations Applicable to Pilot Transfer Arrangements


1.2 Pilot Boarding Grounds


1.3 Owners and Ship Management Companies


1.4 On Board the Vessel


1.5 Pilotage Services


1.6 Pilots


1.7 Pilot Boat Crew


2. Pilot Ladder Construction


3. Securing the Pilot Ladder


4. Access to the Deck


5. Supervision


6. Shipside Doors


7. Combination Ladders


8. Associated Equipment


9. Lighting




Title: Pilot Ladder Manual - Advanced
Number of Pages: 93
Product Code: WS1603K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-757-4 (9781856097574), ISBN 10: 1-85609-757-9 (1856097579)
Published Date: November 2017
Book Height: 235 mm
Book Width: 155 mm
Book Spine: 7 mm
Weight: 0.30 kg
Author: Kevin Vallance

Customer Reviews

Should be required reading for all concerned. Review by Chris
This excellent book should be required reading for all those responsible for the safety of pilot transfer arrangements. Everyone from the seafarer to the naval architect should read and understand the content.

Kevin communicates his extensive knowledge in an easy to understand and concise way, navigating the reader through what can be a bewildering subject.

Buy it and read it. (Posted on 20/02/2018)
There was a need for this book Review by Ignacio
With a level of non compliance around 20% in the most optimistic figures, pilot transfer ops. is a too much often mistreated aspect of maritime bussines. Kevin Vallance, with his deep knowledge of the topic, realized there was a need of a document that could be used as a guidance for all involved. Not only the will to do it but also the required level of expertise, the extensive work, the right contacts, hundreds of chats, emails and photographs to select from all around the world. All of it for the enlightenment of the truth behind the non compliance and the correct procedures involved in pilot boarding & landing ops. Thanks Kevin Vallance for your commitment to pilot and pilot boat crews safety. (Posted on 18/11/2017)
This book will improve the safety of pilots from every country Review by Giuseppe Raffa, Messina Straits Pilot, Italy
Well done Kevin Vallance !
I hope everyone involved in pilotage and harbors can read this book to know better nowadays the issue of boarding and landing operations.

I’ll be happy if every ship’s library has a copy of this book, available to the crew, in order to rig more safe pilot ladders.

I might suggest that this book should be included in the training programs of psc and harbor authorities.
Surely this book will improve the safety of pilots from every country !
(Posted on 09/11/2017)

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