Pilots and Shipowners Join Forces on Pilot Ladder Safety (UK) Tragedy on the River Elbe –

Lotse stürzt von Leiter in die Elbe: Lebensgefahr

Pilots and Shipowners Join Forces on Pilot Ladder Safety (UK) The International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have joined forces to update a brochure aimed at shipping companies and seafarers, reminding them of the vital need to ensure that ladders used for pilot transfers are safe and always rigged correctly. The revised brochure – ‘Shipping Industry Guidance on Pilot Transfer Arrangements’ – is supported by a wide range of other international shipping bodies. It takes account of the latest amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) concerning pilot ladders, which came into effect on 1 July 2012. IMPA Secretary General, Nick Cutmore, explained: “Sadly, pilots continue to lose their lives as a result of accidents while boarding or disembarking from ships, and many more have been seriously injured. We are therefore very pleased by the support we have received from ICS, as well as from other industry organisations and unions, in helping to promote the message to seafarers and to shipping company management about the vital need to rig pilot ladders safely in accordance with SOLAS.” ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, added: “When pilots come aboard ships it is to help seafarers during critical and demanding phases of a voyage. It is incumbent on ship operators and their crews to do everything possible to ensure safety during pilot transfer operations, which always involve a degree of risk, even when conditions are good. Some common causes of accidents still appear to be defects in the structure of the ladder treads or ropes, or a lack of a proper securing of the ladder to the ship.” The updated guidance is being distributed throughout the industry by the national shipowners’ and pilots’ associations that make up the memberships of ICS and IMPA. The brochure is also supported by the International Group of P&I Clubs, BIMCO, CLIA, Intercargo, IPTA, Intertanko, OCIMF, SIGTTO, ITF, IFSMA and the Nautical Institute. An electronic copy of the IMPA/ICS brochure can be downloaded from the IMPA and ICS websites. The International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) is a professional, non-profit making body, primarily concerned with promoting professional standards of pilotage worldwide in the interests of pilots’ safety. To date, it has some 8,000 members in over 40 countries. IMPA seeks to achieve its principal objective, the promotion of professionally sound and safe pilotage.     Lotse stürzt in die Elbe

Tragedy on the River Elbe – Ship Pilot Dies After Fall

Tragic news from Nick Cutmore, Secretary General of the International Maritime Pilots’ Association…
We have the sad duty to inform you of the death of a colleague whilst on duty.
Captain Rudi Pape, aged 58, of Elbe Pilots fell from the ladder into the River Elbe whilst boarding a vessel on 20th February 2012.  He was quickly retrieved from the water and resuscitated immediately, and handed to the care of the rescue medical team at the berth.  Terribly sadly,  he lost his fight for life in hospital today, 24th February.
On behalf of IMPA we offer sincere condolences to Captain Pape’s family and colleagues.  It is a tragic loss.
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Nachrichten Lotse stürzt von Leiter in die Elbe: Lebensgefahr Brunsbüttel Ein Elblotse ist in Brunsbüttel (Kreis Dithmarschen) beim Übersteigen vom Lotsenversetzboot auf ein anderes Schiff in die Elbe gestürzt. Er schwebt in Lebensgefahr. Der Mann sei am Montagmorgen aufgrund der Unterkühlung kollabiert und habe reanimiert werden müssen, sagte ein Sprecher der Wasserschutzpolizei. Der Lotse kam im Krankenhaus auf die Intensivstation. Sein Zustand sei kritisch. Die Ermittlungen ergaben keine Hinweise auf ein Fremdverschulden. Es sei aber noch unklar, warum der Elblotse für das Übersteigen nicht eine vorbereitete Versetzbühne, sondern die ausgebrachte Lotsenleiter nutzte. Auch habe er keine Arbeitssicherheitsweste getragen. lno
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