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  • 1. The information available on this Safety Flash and our associated web site is provided in good faith and only for the purposes of enhancing safety and best practice. For the avoidance of doubt no legal liability shall be attached to any guidance and/or recommendation and/or statement herein contained. - 1 - Marine Safety Forum – Safety Flash 13-34 Issued: 5th August 2013 Subject: Pilot Ladder Failure During disembarkation of a 3695 DWT dry cargo vessel in ballast the ship’s pilot ladder failed as the pilot was climbing down to the waiting launch. Both ropes on the ladder parted simultaneously (refer to Photo 1) causing the pilot to fall approximately 2.0 metres to the deck of the launch. The pilot sustained injuries to his ankle which resulted in a considerable lost time accident. It could have been far more serious! There are no secondary means of safety on a pilot ladder. As such, pilot ladders fail to danger. Given a repeat of this failure on a larger vessel a pilot would fall a significant distance. Investigations show that there are many similar incidents around the world. NB: - Please also refer to Safety Flash 11-14 (17/05/2011) for further information on good rigging practices. Safety Flash 13-17 (13th May 2013) - A brochure explaining the SOLAS requirements may be downloaded from the International Marine Pilot’s Association http://www.impahq.org/downloads/pilot_transfer_arrangements_brochure.pdf