Marine safety issues and actions

Visual and manual checking of ladder and manropes by pilots

Issue number: MO-2013-008-SI-01
Who it affects: Pilotage companies
Issue owner: Australian Reef Pilots
Transport function: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 301-MO-2013-008
Issue release date: 20 March 2014
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the actions taken by Australian Reef Pilots since the incident satisfactorily address the safety issue.

Safety issue description

The pilotage company’s procedures did not explicitly require the pilot to check the pilot ladder and manrope arrangements before disembarking the ship.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2013-008-NSA-012
Action organisation: Australian Reef Pilots
Date: 20 March 2014
Action status: Closed

Australian Reef Pilots advised the ATSB that it has modified its written procedures and commenced a training program ‘to ensure that both pilots and deckhands check the condition, configuration and state of deployment of pilot ladders prior to the pilot embarking or disembarking by such ladders.’

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Australian Reef Pilots will adequately address this safety issue.

Last update 20 June 2014