23 July 2010

MASTERS, OWNERS, OPERATORS AND AGENTS OF ALL VESSELS USING SHOREHAM PORT ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED of their obligations to facilitate the safe embarkation and disembarkation of Pilots, as laid down by the current Merchant Shipping (Pilot Ladders and Hoists) Regulations. 

In particular, attention is drawn to the sections which specify, in detail, the requirement, construction and manner in which pilot ladders, accommodation ladders, hoists and associated equipment must be rigged. 

The following situations, and they are not exclusive, should be given full consideration. 

Pilot embarkation or disembarkation at sea

It should be ensured that all pilot ladders and accommodation ladders are fit for purpose, regularly tested and correctly rigged when in use. Additionally, ship's crew on deck, at the top of the pilot ladder, should check the immediate area for loose objects that, if they fell overboard, could cause injury to the Pilot on the ladder. 

Pilot embarkation or disembarkation on the berth

All the time a vessel is alongside every vessel must comply with all the Regulations and guidance published by the MCA and in particular the requirements in the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen.  This remains so until the last person, which is often the pilot has boarded.  Boarding ladders must be correctly rigged at all times and lighting and safety ropes and nets must remain in place. 

All Pilots and Harbour Authority personnel have been instructed not to embark or disembark vessels which fail to comply with the Regulations.  Consequently, failure to comply is likely to result in delay.

Julian Seaman, Harbour Master                                                                                                    23rd July 2010


Owners,Agents, Charterers, Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Recreational Sailing Organisations should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made known to the Masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.