A member has reported an incident in which a vessel was supplied with a new pilot ladder which did not meet International Maritime Organization (IMO) or International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard. This substandard pilot ladder was noticed by a Pilot in an Australian port. He brought the matter up with the Master via the agent.
Members are reminded to ensure that:
- The technical specification of pilot ladders meets IMO requirements as per Resolution A.1045(27);
- Persons ordering or sourcing new pilot ladders should clearly know the IMO requirements and should specify to suppliers that every step on the ladder should be free of knots;
- New pilot ladders are thoroughly checked before use to verify quality and to ensure that the steps are clear from knots;
- Pilot ladders are always checked by the officer in charge before rigging and use to ensure it is fit for purpose, in good condition and secured properly to the vessel.