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US Coast Guard Marine Safety Alert Pilot access: Gateway handhold arrangements Incorrect terminations can lead to marine casualties

US Coast Guard Marine Safety Alert Pilot access: Gateway handhold arrangements Incorrect terminations can lead to marine casualties

On 9 February the US Coast Guard issued Safety Alert 04-22-CH1 from Washington, DC.

This Safety Alert addresses the importance of verifying the correct arrangement of handholds in embarkation gate arrangements aboard merchant vessels.

It is understood that the Coast Guard is currently investigating a casualty

involving a fall from a pilot ladder where the handholds in the gate arrangement aboard the vessel terminated without being rigidly secured to the vessel’s

structure. This termination left a gap in the handholds at the transition point at the head of the pilot ladder, where an embarking person might reach to pullthemselves onto the vessel.

The Coast Guard observed that the abrupt termination of the handholds above the vessel structure appeared to be a modification that was completed to

accommodate the length of the pilot ladder spreader during deployment and retrieval of the pilot ladder. The modification made it possible to retrieve the pilot ladder without having to lift the spreader up and over the vessel’s railings.

SOLAS 2020 (Consolidated) is clarified by IMO Resolution A.1045 (27), as amended by Resolution A.1108 (29), to indicate that each handhold in a gateway arrangement should be rigidly secured to the ship’s structure at or near its base.

US Coast Guard recommendation

In its Safety Alert 04-22-CH1 of 9 February the Coast Guard strongly recommends that flag state administrations, classification societies,

port state control inspectors, and shipboard personnel:

  • Ensure familiarity with applicable requirements pertaining to handholds in gateway embarkation arrangements aboard merchant vessels.
  • Visually examine handholds in gateway embarkation arrangements for gaps, specifically at the lower terminations.
  • Initiate rectification and issue outstanding conditions to meet regulatory intent for any non-conformities discovered.

ISO standard

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently published a series of standards aimed at improving pilot ladder safety. These standards supplement existing IMO recommendations and requirements for pilot ladders. Vessel owners and operators, shipboard personnel, and system designers are highly encouraged to review and comply with these standards.

The ISO documents are:

  • ISO 799-1:2019 Ships and marine technology — Pilot ladders — Part 1: Design and specification.
  • ISO 799-2: 2021 Ships and marine technology — Pilot ladders — Part 2: Maintenance, use, survey, and inspection.
  • ISO 799-3:2022 Ships and marine technology — Pilot ladders — Part 3: Attachments and associated equipment

The USCG document informs that Safety Alert 04-22-CH1is provided for informational purposes only and does not relieve any domestic or international safety, operational, or material requirements.

The document has been developed by the Coast Guard Sector New York Investigations Division, and distributed by the Office of Investigations and Analysis.

Any questions

Coast Guard invite any questions on this topic.

They should be sent to: HQS-SMB-CG-INV@uscg.mil

Coast Guard draws attention to other related available information here:

  1. International Maritime Organization (IMO) Resolution A. 1045(27) and Resolution A. 1108 (29) titled, “Pilot Transfer Arrangements”. The links for these documents are A 1045 27 (imo.org) and A 1108 29 (imo.org).

https://wwwcdn.imo.org/localresources/en/KnowledgeCentre/IndexofIMOResolutions/AssemblyDocuments/A.1045(27).pdf

and

https://wwwcdn.imo.org/localresources/en/KnowledgeCentre/IndexofIMOResolutions/AssemblyDocuments/A.1108(29).pdf

  1. USCG Safety Alert 14-18 titled, Don’t Forget about Gangways and Ladders! Pilot Dies in Gangway Accident,  posted on the DCO site here:

https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/1418.pdf?ver=2018-08-21-141706-437

IMO and IMPA

Advice by IMO and the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) with a Required Boarding Arrangements for Pilot poster is available on the IMPA website here:

https://www.impahq.org/system/files/2021-04/Pilot%20Ladder%20Poster.pdf

 

Illustration per US Coast Guard Safety Alert 04-22-CH1.

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