NEW PILOT TRANSFER ARRANGEMENTS "DATED 10.04.2012"

NEW                     

PILOT                   

TRANSFER           

ARRANGEMENTS


In order to further improve the safety of pilot transfer, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted amendments to SOLAS regulation V/23 coming in force on July 1st, 2012.

THE REVISED REGULATION

Through MSC.308(88) adopted on December 3rd, 2010, amendments to SOLAS regulation V/23 have been

implemented. More specifically, pilot ladders on all ships (new and existing) must be clearly identified in order to




carry out mandatory inspections which are to be part of the first SOLAS safety equipment survey carried out on or

after July 1st, 2012. A record shall be kept onboard with the date the pilot ladder is placed into service and any

repairs carried out. The scope of inspection during the periodic safety equipment survey is limited to a general

examination without any load test.

Additionally, the new equipment and arrangements for pilot transfer which are installed on or after July 1st, 2012

must be certified by the manufactures or with an international standard acceptable to IMO (i.e. ISO 799:2004, Ships

and marine technology - Pilot ladders).

Two important changes which will affect the existing ships is that it is prohibited to use mechanical pilot hoists and

also, shipside doors that are used for pilot transfer shall not open outwards (i.e. ship side doors refers to shell

openings used for pilot transfer, not to bulwark or guardrail gateways).

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

The IMO has adopted resolution A.1045(27) with recommendations on the pilot transfer arrangements and this

revokes resolution A.889(21).

Through MSC.1/Circ.1375 the IMO provided unified interpretation of SOLAS regulation V/23 regarding the meaning

of word “installation” in order to clarify the applicability of the adopted revised regulation.

Lastly, though MSC.1/Circ.1402, the IMO encourages Port State Control officers to

include inspection of pilot transfer arrangements.

DATE IN FORCE
These amendments come into force on July 1st, 2012.

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