PILOTAGE PRE-PLANNING GUIDE
A Pilot from DanPilot is normally carrying a small backpack and a suitcase. In addition
to the boarding arrangement, a heaving line for transferring the pilot luggage
The responsible officer and crew on deck, should be aware of the approaching pilot
boat below, and secure all loose objects before the Pilot starts climbing the pilot
ladder. All overboard discharges in the proximity of the pilot ladder must be closed.
The pilot ladder, or required boarding arrangements, should be set up on leeward
side of the ship. In case of heavy listing, the pilot ladder should be on the opposite
side of the listing – hence in rare occasions the ships course during embarkation/
disembarkation could be in the opposite direction of the planned route.
The pilot ladder should be brought on deck after embarkation, unless instructed
otherwise by the Pilot.
3.3. Emergency actions, during boarding/disembarking
The Pilot will always wear appropriate clothing and standard DanPilot safety equipment.
The DanPilot safety equipment greatly improves the chances of survival and
rescue. The Pilot is, amongst other things, wearing an automatic emergency AIS
transponder (AIS SART) which will start transmitting automatically if submerged
in water for more than 2 seconds. The position of the AIS SART will be visible on
the vessel’s ECDIS. In the unlikely event that a Pilot falls from the ladder, the pilot
boat skipper will immediately take duty as On Scene Coordinator (OSC) and take
appropriate action. The crew of the pilot boat is well trained and knows what to do,
but all help will be greatly appreciated.
Your bridge team and crew can assist by being alert, conversant with the use of
lifesaving appliances and familiarized with initial action to be taken in response to
any emergency situations. The officer of the watch (OOW) and crew on deck, should
never hesitate to take immediate emergency action.