After more than 10 years of ISM implementation, after increased worldwide scrutiny by Port State Control authorities, after recurring recommendations from EMPA and IMPA regarding pilot boarding arrangements following fatal accidents involving pilot ladders, this is what we are still witnessing day after day.
The picture speaks for itself. What we have here is two ladders recklessly attached to each other. Imagine using this pilot ladder during the night and under bad weather conditions…
This vessel is owned by a reputable (?) European company and manned by European officers.
More than an evident lack of seamanship that could and should lead to a major non-conformity under the company’s SMS, what this situation shows is a complete lack of respect for fellow mariners.