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[MUSIC PLAYING] Often, ships' pilots and other visitors are required to board or disembark from a ship at sea using a traditional pilot's ladder, sometimes called a Jacob's Ladder. It's a routine but still potentially dangerous transfer, especially for those who've never been up or down a rope ladder clinging to the side of a moving ship. However, by using the right procedures and following instructions carefully, these transfers at sea can be accomplished safely and smoothly. What's routine about transferring people from a pilot boat to a huge, moving ship at sea is that it happens hundreds of times a day all around the world. What's never routine is the weather and the water. And sometimes visitors to a ship-- emergency personnel, agents, technicians-- are asked to make this same boat-to-ship transfer for the very first time. The International Maritime Organization sets standards for transferring pilots and visitors safely and rigging pilot ladders correctly. The transfer process begins with radio communication between the pilot boat and the vessel, establishing the speed and course desired by the pilot and on which side of the vessel to deploy the ladder. This is to obtain the best lee, shelter from the wind and current. The pilot boat will then approach the vessel as preparations continue for its arrival. We need to lower the ladder a little bit. A little bit? Yeah. Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLIS regulations, require that the ladder be rigged properly and secured at the correct level, relative to the accommodation ladder on the vessel and the pilot boat's deck. Well, the pilot ladder will be deployed, and hopefully it'll be deployed under the SOLIS regulations that require the ladder to be of certain construction, the steps to be of certain uniform dimensions. And the ladder will be properly secured. In the nighttime, of course, there will be light shown. There'll will be a sailor available with a line for our bag. They'll be available to throw a life ring should one be needed. And there'll be a mate, usually with a radio, in communications with the bridge so that any difficulties can be communicated with the captain on the bridge of the ship. Pilots and any other visitors transferring to a vessel must be prepared to use the pilot's ladder properly and safely. That means wearing a life vest or float coat, hopefully with a whistle, light, or built-in emergency locator. You must have proper shoes or boots for a good grip on the rungs. Keep your hands free, so they're both on the ladder. And above all, listen carefully for instructions from the pilot boat's skipper and mate. The transfer begins by heeding instructions from the crew for proper position and timing, then stepping-- not jumping-- onto the ladder at the appropriate time, and finally climbing carefully up the ladder with both hands on the ropes. But I think the best advice that we can give to them is to be patient and not jump on the ladder. So let the pilot boat come in, make its landing, hold itself to the ladder, and there's a sense of stability then. Then make your step to the ladder. No jumping. Whether you're climbing up or down the ladder, the same basics apply. Note the size of the swells to get your timing and to step at the top of the swell. Then follow the crewman's instructions exactly, and at his bidding, step-- don't jump-- on or off the ladder. Don't look away from the ladder when you're climbing. Always keep one hand gripping a rope and one foot on a tread, and keep the ladder close to your chest for stability. Keeping both the feet and knees pointed the same direction-- parallel-- will make climbing easier and allow the ladder to hug the ship's side more securely. It's a similar process leaving the vessel and descending the ladder to the pilot boat, although going down it's especially important to listen to the pilot-boat mate on deck to know how many steps remain and when to step off the ladder. The transfer concludes with a safe landing on a clean, uncluttered deck. Any bags or equipment is hoisted on or off with a separate line. Heeding instructions on your timing remains essential. As in most delicate operations at sea, good communication is the key. Combined with adequate preparation, the transfer process can be safe and straightforward.

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Posted by: maritimetraining on Feb 8, 2017


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