This article should be read in conjunction with “Pilot Boarding Arrangements (2)”
CHIRP continues to receive many reports relating to pilot ladder boarding arrangements which are non- compliant with SOLAS. The following is a selection of some the issues reported.
What the Reporter told us (1):
Manropes were secured to handrails rather than strong points on deck as required by SOLAS. This ship may well be in compliance as built, but looking at the rails I would not be happy for them to be protecting me from plummeting to my death. They were quite bent out of shape.
Non-compliant arrangement – manrope is not secured to a strong point
The correct arrangements, including the critical point of transfer from the ladder to deck are fully described in the IMPA – Boarding Arrangements Poster and SOLAS V/23 7.1.1.