Pilot Ladder Safety
The 6th Edition has been revised to include and explain the latest SOLAS Regulations for the safety of pilots and others who have to undertake the hazardous operation of boarding a ship by a rope ladder. It also aims to provide guidance for ships’ personnel who are responsible for the safe rigging of these ladders.
This book was first published in 1980 and it has become internationally accepted as the foremost reference work on this important subject. The latest edition contains and explains the SOLAS pilot ladder regulations. It also includes all relevant requirements and recommendations from IMO and IMPA (International Maritime Pilots' Association). It is quite common for ships to be equipped with facilities that do not comply with international requirements. This is often because ships' officers are not fully familiar with what is required. Boarding arrangements on new ships, particularly ships with high freeboard, require careful planning on the part of owners and builders. The explanations and advice given in this book will help all these people towards better safety awareness. There should be a copy on board every ship. The illustrations and the straightforward seaman-like English will be readily understood by Pilots and Shipmasters of all nationalities. The book is pocket-size and Pilots will find it to be of great assistance when it is necessary to explain the need for changes to ships' equipment. No pilot should be without one. Nautical schools, Marine Surveyors, ships' agents, port authorities, and other personnel who are involved in climbing, owning, making or inspecting pilot ladders will all find this book to be an invaluable investment. Regulations on their own cannot ensure safety; the letter of the law is sometimes interpreted in a way that defeats its intention. This book gives a practical understanding of the rules and recommendations, based on the author's own experience-he has climbed thousands of pilot ladders, he has kept abreast of developments in pilot ladder construction and has been an active participant for many years with the International Maritime Pilots' Association.