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Injury to Pilot

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[♪ music ♪] [Serious Injury to Pilot] This incident is based on the experiences of the UK P&I Club. Accidents like the one you're about to see can and do happen. As you watch this short clip, ask yourself, "Could this happen on my ship?" In preparation for arrival in port a tanker's crew rigged the pilot ladder on the starboard side of the vessel in accordance with the pilot's instructions. After the tanker manoeuvred to create a lee, the pilot boat approached the boarding position for transfer of the pilot. As the boat came alongside, the pilot stepped onto the ladder and started climbing up to the accommodation ladder platform. While this operation was in progress, and unknown to anyone, a tripping line attached to the bottom step of the ladder, caught on a cleat fitted to the nearside of the pilot boat. As the pilot boat manoeuvred away, a foul tripping line pulled the ladder from the ship's side, causing the side ropes to part under the strain. The pilot, who was still climbing the ladder, fell into the sea. The ship's crew responded immediately by throwing a lifebuoy to the pilot and alerting the bridge. In the meantime, the boat crew quickly removed the tripping line from the cleat, and rigged a boarding ladder to rescue the pilot. When the pilot was finally recovered from the water he was found to have sustained a serious head injury. How did this happen? Embarking or disembarking a pilot at sea can be a dangerous task, if proper procedures are not followed. Pilot boarding arrangments and practice must, therefore, be in strict compliance with SOLAS regulations and industry guidelines. In relation to this incident, pilot ladders must not have tripping lines, loops or other trailing rope which can become fouled or obstruct the safe transfer of the pilot. Remember, pilots can refuse to board a vessel with improperly rigged or defective ladder which may result in serious delays. This accident highlights the importance of the following practices: Pilot ladders and associated equipment must be constructed and maintained in compliance with SOLAS requirements. The rigging of pilot ladders must be performed under the supervision of a responsible officer in accordance with SOLAS and industry guidelines. Tripping lines or other obstructions which may interfere with safe boarding should be prohibited. The crew should closely observe the pilot boat and pilot transfer to ensure that prompt warning and assistance can be given in the event of an incident. Pilots and launch crew must be alert to any deficiences or improper rigging of the ladder and equipment. Now that you've seen this video, ask yourself these questions: What personal action can you commit to to avoid an incident like this on your ship? [Pause the video to answer the question] What are the procedures and controls on your ship that would prevent this from happening? [Pause the video to answer the question] What could cause those procedures and controls to fail? [Pause the video to answer the question] What can be done to make the procedures and controls more effective? [Pause the video to answer the question] Thank you for watching this learning video. Please note that the UK P&I Club website has a wealth of further training and advisory material. Please visit to find out more. [♪ music ♪]

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Duration: 4 minutes and 16 seconds
Country: Andorra
Language: English
License: Dotsub - Standard License
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Posted by: maritimetraining on Sep 13, 2019

Injury to Pilot

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