This is why guidance on Pilot Boarding arrangements is required

Sep 06 2012

We received this photo from a ship’s pilot this morning ,showing a tanker arriving in the UK with a freeboard of about 12 metres and no combination ladder arrangement provided.

Only after a combination ladder was rigged did the pilot board, but the Captain still did not see what was wrong with climbing up 12 metres and there being no steps on the final half metre!!!

This photo is a perfect example of the White/Red 9 metre freeboard mark, and why the ship must rig a combination ladder if the lower red segment is showing.

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