(WASHINGTON) — Recent deaths of maritime pilots while embarking commercial vessels highlight the risks of operating in an unforgiving maritime environment. To ensure the safety of all personnel boarding a vessel at sea, the Coast Guard reminds vessel owners and operators of the requirements contained in the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Chapter V, Regulation 23 and strongly recommends that owners and operators follow the recommendations within IMO Resolution A.1045(27) – Pilot Transfer Arrangements.
For vessels with equipment and arrangements installed on or after July 1, 2012, combination arrangements involving a trapdoor configuration are required to comply with SOLAS Chapter V, Regulation 220.127.116.11.1.
In accordance with SOLAS Chapter V, Regulation 23.1.4, equipment and arrangements installed on or after July 1, 2012, which are a replacement of equipment and arrangements provided on ships before July 1, 2012, shall, in so far as is reasonable and practicable, comply with the requirements of SOLAS Chapter V, Regulation 18.104.22.168.1. The Coast Guard strongly recommends that such replaced equipment and arrangements meet the recommendations within IMO Resolution A.1045(27).
For vessels registered in the United States, Coast Guard marine inspectors and classification society surveyors verify pilot transfer arrangements during initial construction. Any changes in the approved configuration should be brought to the attention of the local officer in charge, marine inspection (OCMI) or the classification society surveyor, if applicable, in order to verify that the pilot transfer arrangement is in compliance with SOLAS Chapter V, Regulation 23.
Questions concerning this notice may be forwarded to Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Flag State Control Division (CG-CVC-4) at FlagStateControl@uscg.mil.
– U.S. Coast Guard