Guidance on required boarding arrangements for pilots
Claims experience over the past five years includes several injury incidents resulting from embarking and disembarking from a vessel’s pilot ladder. Falls overboard are also not uncommon. While they are less likely to be fatal, tragedies still periodically occur. Worldwide, harbor pilots experience an average of 2-3 fatalities per year as a result of transfer accidents. Pilot operations present a number of inherent safety risks which could result in serious physical injury to the pilot. The ship’s physical characteristics, boarding arrangement, and most importantly the actions of the ship’s officers and crew all play a vital role in ensuring the pilot’s personal safety, and successful pilot transfers.