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What is the proper way to rig the Pilot Ladder?

29 Sep '18, 16:07

Sept. 29, 2018, 4:07 p.m.
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The common good practice includes the following steps to be carried out while preparing and rigging the Pilot Ladder:

  1. A pilot ladder required to be capable of covering the whole length from the point of access to the water level. The height from water level is informed to the bridge by the port control or the pilot himself depending on the height of the pilot vessel.
  2. The top portion or head of the pilot ladders should be secured at the strongest point of the vessel.
  3. The pilot ladder should be positioned and secured so that it is clear of any discharges from the ship, with a parallel body length of the ship and as far as practicable within the halfway length (midship) of the ship.
  4. All steps of the pilot ladder should rest firmly against the ship side. In certain ships, where constructional features such as fenders or rubbing band prevent the implementation of the above safety features, special arrangements are to be made for safe embarkation and disembarkation.
  5. Two man ropes not less than 28 mm and made of manila rope or other material which gives firm grip for climbing the ladder, should be rigged along the side of the pilot ladder if requested.
  6. During the night, the whole length of the pilot ladder, point access should be well illuminated.
  7. A life buoy with self-igniting light and a heaving line should be kept ready.

If the point of access from sea level is more than 9 meters, a combination ladder should be used. A combination ladder is a conjunction of the pilot ladder. This is a common arrangement found on vessels with high freeboard.

  1. The lower platform should be in a horizontal position.
  2. Intermediate platforms should be self-leveling.
  3. The ladder and platform should be equipped on both sides with stanchions and rigid handrails or handrope for safety.
  4. The accommodation ladder is rigged in such a way that it leads aft of the vessel and has a slope angle of not more than 55 degrees.
  5. The pilot ladder should be rigged adjacent to the lower platform and the upper end should extend at least 2 m above the lower platform.
  6. During the night, the whole length of the pilot ladder, point access should be well illuminated.
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29 Sep '18, 16:13

Sept. 29, 2018, 4:13 p.m.
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