|Pilot transfers - still a slippery issue
The International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have joined forces to reiterate the need to ensure that ladders used for pilot transfers are safe and always rigged correctly.
The newly revised brochure – Shipping Industry Guidance on Pilot Transfer Arrangements – is supported by a wide range of other international shipping bodies. It takes account of the latest amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) concerning pilot ladders, which came into effect on 1 July 2012.
Nick Cutmore, IMPA Secretary General, explained: “Sadly, pilots continue to lose their lives as a result of accidents while boarding or disembarking from ships, and many more have been seriously injured. We are therefore very pleased by the support we have received from ICS, as well as from other industry organisations and unions, in helping to promote the message to seafarers and to shipping company management about the vital need to rig pilot ladders safely in accordance with SOLAS.”
The updated guidance is being distributed throughout the industry by the national shipowners’ and pilots’ associations that make up the memberships of ICS and IMPA. The brochure is also supported by the International Group of P&I Clubs, BIMCO, CLIA, Intercargo, IPTA, Intertanko, OCIMF, SIGTTO, ITF, IFSMA and the Nautical Institute.
An electronic copy of the IMPA/ICS brochure can be downloaded from the IMPA and ICS websites.