It is of paramount importance to have a thorough and frequent pilot ladder inspection regime in place – a person’s life depends on it, says the Nautical Institute in its latest Mars Report. In this report, the rope of pilot ladders was found damage after just six...
The SOLAS, Chapter V, Reg. 23 requirement for pilot boarding states only that a lifebuoy equipped with a self-igniting light ‘shall be kept at hand ready for immediate use’. A reader of The Nautical Institute’s Seaways, an experienced harbour pilot, has...
The US Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert after someone died after falling from a pilot ladder. Modifications to the pilot ladder were found that may have contributed to the accident. The incident is also covered in The Nautical Institute’s latest Mars Reports....
Having to work over the side while underway cannot be avoided at times but is always dangerous. The Nautical Institute issues this warning in its latest Mars Report, in which a crew member fell overboard while rigging the pilot ladder. The Nautical Institute gathers...
Pilot ladder defects are, unfortunately, a fairly common problem even today according to The Nautical Institute in its latest Mars Report. The report describes a pilot almost falling after a side rope suddenly broke. The Institute stresses the importance of inspection...
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