Pilot Ladder Manual - Basic

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November 2017

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Pilot Ladder Manual - Basic

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This handy pocketbook 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

    1. Pilot Transfer Rules and Regulations 2

    2. Risk Assessment 3

  2. Transfer and Rigging Arrangements 5

    1. Pilot Ladders 5

    2. Combinations and Accommodation Ladders 10

    3. Shipside Doors 14

  3. Other Equipment 15

    1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 15

    2. Man-ropes 16

    3. Lifebuoys and Self-igniting Lights 17

    4. Lighting, Heaving Lines and Retrieval Lines 17

  4. Safe Operations 20

    1. Consequences of Incorrect Rigging 20

    2. Guidance on Maintenance and Storage 22

    3. Supervision and the Transfer Process 24

    4. Safe Deck Access 25

  5. Checklists 31

    1. Rigging a Safe Transfer Arrangement 31

    2. Transferring a Pilot to and from the Ship 32

    3. Post Operations 32

Title: Pilot Ladder Manual - Basic
Product Code: WS1602K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-745-1 (9781856097451), ISBN 10: 1-85609-745-5 (1856097455)
Published Date: November 2017
Weight: 0.20 kg
Author: Kevin Vallance

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