Pilots Ladder Requirements

Pilot boarding arrangements are to comply with SOLAS V/23 and IMO Resolution A.1045(27).

The vessel Master’s shall take guidance on pilot boarding arrangements from the Port of Fremantle when crossing the reporting line inwards (refer to AUS 754). Specific guidance for the rigging of pilot ladder arrangements exceeding 9.0m is also provided below. It is recommended vessel Masters ensure boarding arrangements comply with the guidance below to avoid delays.

All pilot boarding arrangements MUST be made safe in respect to the vessel type and boarding conditions at the time of boarding. The Pilot will liaise with the vessel Master prior to boarding if boarding arrangements are not in accordance with the guidance provided below.

Required Boarding Arrangements for Pilot Poster (issued by IMO & IMPA) – ENGLISH

Required Boarding Arrangements for Pilot Poster (issued by IMO & IMPA) – CHINESE

Specific Guidance for Rigging of Pilot Ladders

Requirements for Embarkation and Disembarkation of Pilots

  1. Pilot boarding arrangements in accordance with the guidance provided above. The pilot ladder is to be rigged lee side and is usually rigged 2.5m above the water but the vessel Master is to take guidance from the Port of Fremantle as this may change accordingly to suit operational situations.
  2. Where a combination ladder arrangement is used the accommodation ladder and pilot ladder MUST be firmly secured to the ship’s side.
  3. Two (2) manropes constructed of Manilla not less than 28mm and not more than 32mm diameter shall not exceed the length of the pilot ladder. Where a combination ladder arrangement is used the manropes are to be secured above the platform level in accordance with the above guidance. The manropes MUST be the SAME LENGTH as the pilot ladder.
  4. Only use a tripping line if absolutely necessary. Where a tripping line is used it MUST be made fast to the extreme after end of the lowest spreader step as shown in the above guidance and NOT the bottom of the ladder.
  5. Where a ladder is rigged over a bulwark, two (2) stanchions are to be securely fitted in the top of the bulwark, one each side of the ladder, and steps provided from the top of the ladder to the deck.
  6. Suitable lighting is to be provided that does not interfere with the pilot boat or its crew or the Pilot making the transfer. The light should be directed downwards and forward to illuminate the ladder and ship’s side.
  7. A responsible officer with direct communications to the bridge SHALL be in attendance for the transfer operation. Life-saving appliances, suitable deck lighting and a heaving line for the Pilot’s bag shall be made available for immediate use. At night this Officer MUST carry an approved flashlight to illuminate the Pilot’s passage to the bridge.
  8. Advice to any variation to the required pilot boarding arrangements and guidance’s provided above must be sought well in advance and discussed with the Pilot prior to boarding.
  9. For more detail, refer to the industry guidance brochure located on the IMPA website.