Dorval Ship Management has advised that it has revised its navigation manual procedures for pilot transfer to ensure that the securing of manropes is in accordance with SOLAS recommendations, as follows:
The supervising Officer shall always inspect and confirm to the Master that the pilot transfer arrangements are properly rigged and considered safe immediately prior to each pilot boarding / disembarkation by observing at least the following:
…b) proper securing of the pilot ladder ends to strong dedicated point on deck (fixed ring plates)
…g) availability and proper securing of two 28mm manila ropes on each side of the pilot ladders (if required by the Pilot) - the ends of manropes shall always be made tight to the provided ring plates fixed on deck and shall reach the height of the stanchions or bulwarks at the point of access to the deck before terminating at the ring plate on deck…
The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Dorval Ship Management will adequately address this safety issue.