Shipping Industry Guidance on Rigging Pilot Ladders

29 April 2008

Issues 41 and 42 of StopLoss, which are available for download from, contained reports on injuries to pilots which were caused either by badly rigged or defective pilot ladders.
Ongoing industry concern about this issue has led the International Shipping Federation (ISF), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Maritime Pilots Association (IMPA) to produce a booklet entitled Shipping industry guidance on the rigging of ladders for pilot transfer. The publication is intended to assist seafarers to ensure that pilot ladders are maintained properly and rigged safely, in compliance with SOLAS. 
While the booklet is being distributed to the members of the ISF, ICS and IMPA, readers can download a copy directly from