201977 Pilot ladder side rope fails

28 Nov 2019 MARS 2019

A condensate tanker was outbound from a port and two pilots were disembarking. During their descent one of the ladder’s side ropes failed (see photo), but the two pilots were able to safely regain the pilot boat. After the incident an inspection revealed the ladder’s side ropes had been weakened by mould.

Lessons learned

  • There is no excuse for a less than perfect pilot ladder – lives depend on it!
  • Rope ladders are constructed in such a way that they have many areas that are difficult to inspect. These ladders deserve expert attention. If in doubt, replace with new.