Pilot ladder

Pilot Ladder

A pilot ladder is a highly specialized form of rope ladder primarily used on board cargo vessels for the purpose of embarking and disembarking pilots. These skilled navigators assist ships in navigating through challenging waters, and the pilot ladder ensures their safe transfer between the pilot boat and the vessel.

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– The design and construction of pilot ladders are tightly specified by international regulations under the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regime.
– The ladders consist of a series of hardwood, machined steps (each not more than 400 mm × 115 mm × 25 mm) threaded and fixed onto two pairs of minimum 18 mm diameter manila ropes.
–  At specific intervals (usually every eight steps), a spreader (an elongated version of the standard step) is used to prevent the ladder from twisting in adverse weather conditions.
– The lowest four steps are often made from a synthetic or composite resin to withstand interaction with the host vessel and the pilot boat.
– Because the decks of most commercial ships are significantly above the waterline, pilots and other personnel can typically come aboard only if a pilot ladder is deployed.


– Ladder includes: hardwood steps, spreader steps, rubber steps
– Compliance with ISO 799-1:2019 (E), SOLAS
– MED, DNV-GL, RMRS approved

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