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Pilots leaving the vessel in port in an unsafe manner

One of our members has released this bulletin relating to a recurring practice of pilots egressing from a ship’s gangway before it has rested safely on the jetty.  Such practice resulted in two separate incidents in less than two days: one a medical treatment case (MTC) and the other, a near-miss.

Pilot jumping from vessel
Gangway not rigged at the correct height for safe transfer of personnel

What were the causes?

  • Individuals jumping from gangway platform to the jetty;
  • Gangway not yet touching the jetty, nor in a stable position.

Our members’ recommendations for action

  • Remind pilots and all personnel that disembarkation from the vessel is only to take place with the gangway fully flat on the jetty and vessel crew in attendance.  When time pressure is an issue, communicate the cause for delays – don’t take shortcuts!
  • When possible and available, use available persons on the jetty to assist safe egress from the gangway;
  • Vessel mooring must be complete before the pilot disembarks ashore;
  • Lifejackets, like all other PPE, should always be worn for safe access and egress.

Members may wish to refer to 

Safety Event

Published: 10 November 2020
Download: IMCA SF 31/20

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