Sea Views

Maritime Pilot Safety and reducing the risk in pilot transfer operations

July 01, 2023 Ahoy Communications Season 1 Episode 2
Sea Views
Maritime Pilot Safety and reducing the risk in pilot transfer operations
Show Notes

“The problem with statistics is that it’s a bummer when it’s you!”

Arie Palmers, Maritime Pilot

This is an in-depth discussion of the risks involved in maritime pilot transfers; an interesting job but with a risky commute to work.

Sadly there have been 7 deaths associated with maritime pilot transfer operations already in the first 6 months of 2023. 

What are the current international regulations for ships and what are the barriers to reducing the risk? How can individuals, the industry, ports and ship builders make changes to save lives in the future?


Andrew Moll, OBE, Chief Inspector at Marine Accident Investigation Branch 

Arie Palmers, Senior Maritime Pilot working in the Netherlands

Adam Parnell, Director at CHIRP Maritime Charitable Trust

Resources and links:

Visit the MAIB web site and submit a report here

Visit IMPA – International Maritime Pilots Association for resources and if you are working as a pilot you can download the IMPA incident reporting App 

Pilot Ladder Safety web site

Read the detailed Snakes OR Ladders report 

Follow Arie Palmers on  Linked In for weekly “Ladder Misery

Read about the recent prosecution by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

Improving safety at sea worldwide through the confidential and independent reporting programme.
Make an incident report to CHIRP Maritime here

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