THE EMBARKATION & DISEMBARKATION OF PILOTS CODE OF SAFE PRACTICE - Revised as at July 2017
The code is designed to assist Competent Harbour Authority (CHA’s) and pilot organisations, in providing the basis for establishing safe operating procedures for pilot boarding and landing operations which should be derived by appropriate and thorough risk assessment.
This 2017 revised edition of the Code of Safe Practice for the Embarkation and Disembarkation of Pilots is considered to be essential reading for all those involved in the Pilotage Service.
The transfer of a Pilot between pilot boat and ship presents significant risks that need to be carefully managed. The purpose of this Code is to give guidance about the best practices and to improve the control of these risks.
This version of the Code has been prepared jointly by the United Kingdom Marine Pilots Association (UKMPA) Technical and Training Committee, the UK Harbour Master Association (UKHMA) and the BPA/UKMPG Marine Pilotage Working Group.
The Code recognises IMO, SOLAS and United Kingdom legislation and has been recommended for inclusion in the Port Marine Safety Code, Guide to Good Practice. A list of relevant documents is included at the back of the Code, along with further information on Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) which gives guidance on correct use and self checks to be carried out on lifejackets and pilot coats.
The Code acts as a guide to safe practice to all those involved in the Pilot transfer operations. It not only covers the act of transfer from pilot boat to ship and vice versa, but also addresses issues such as the pilot boat itself, boarding and landing areas, training and use of PPE.