The 2015 IMPA (International Maritime Pilots’ Association) Safety Survey was run for two weeks, 1-14 October inclusive, when member pilots provided data on standards of boarding equipment and facilities offered during embarkation and disembarkation from vessels during that period.
Pilot transfer at sea remains a treacherous part of the vital task needed in maintaining a continuous pilotage service that provides the essential knowledge and skills that today’s ships need so very much.
It is 5 years since the last Safety Survey whose report was notified to IMO’s Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigationas NAV 56/INF.12 and 3 years since the revision of SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 23. The Survey provides a continuing indication of whether standards of pilot boarding arrangements are improving or declining.
31 national pilotage organizations contributed to this study by making a total of 1948 entries onto the database using an online system. These total gures can be considered representative and indicative enough of what is happening globally and enable us to draw broad conclusions.
As will be noted from the detailed breakdowns the defect level was 20.53% which is an increase since our last survey in 2010 (13.55%) and demonstrates a leveling of results since our 2002 survey (22%).It would be complacent to believe that pilots were not to a degree responsible for this state of affairs, even just for their tacit acquiescence.
Pilots have a positive attitude that can lead them to use less than satisfactory boarding equipment, sometimes to their great cost. Pilots are also notoriously reluctant to report defects to Port State Control, which is a legacy for many of their previous life as Masters.
IMPA continues with some success to press its members to take greater care of themselves and exercise greater diligence over the equipment they use.