Pilot Ladder Manual - Basic

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November 2017

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Pilot Ladder Manual - Basic

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This handy pocket book provides an overview of the rules, regulations and procedures that should be followed when preparing for pilot embarkation and disembarkation. The text is illustrated throughout with colour photographs and diagrams demonstrating good and bad practice.

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This easy-to-read publication covers risk assessment, transfer and rigging arrangements, shipside doors, PPE, lifebuoys, manropes, lighting, retrieval lines, maintenance and storage of equipment, duties of the deck party, etc.  It identifies risk assessment information for planning a safe operation, technical information on how to carry out the job correctly and important safety observations and comments.


It provides detailed guidance on rigging a pilot ladder/combination ladder, supported with annotated rigging diagrams.  It also includes an onboard checklist covering rigging a safe transfer arrangement, transferring a pilot to and from the ship, and post operations.



  1. Introduction

    1. Pilot Transfer Rules and Regulations

    2. Risk Assessment

  2. Transfer and Rigging Arrangements

    1. Pilot Ladders

    2. Combinations and Accommodation Ladders

    3. Shipside Doors

  3. Other Equipment

    1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    2. Man-ropes

    3. Lifebuoys and Self-igniting Lights

    4. Lighting, Heaving Lines and Retrieval Lines

  4. Safe Operations

    1. Consequences of Incorrect Rigging

    2. Guidance on Maintenance and Storage

    3. Supervision and the Transfer Process

    4. Safe Deck Access

  5. Checklists

    1. Rigging a Safe Transfer Arrangement

    2. Transferring a Pilot to and from the Ship

    3. Post Operations

Title: Pilot Ladder Manual - Basic
Number of Pages: 32
Product Code: WS1602K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-745-1 (9781856097451), ISBN 10: 1-85609-745-5 (1856097455)
Published Date: November 2017
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 180 mm
Book Width: 120 mm
Book Spine: 3 mm
Weight: 0.10 kg
Author: Kevin Vallance

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