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Jan
30

Statutory Alert: Port State Control – length of means of embarkation for remotely located survival craft

Applicability: All shipowners and operators

During the past few months there has been an increase in port state control (PSC) deficiencies relating to the arrangements for remotely located survival craft and especially the required length of embarkation ladders and other means of embarkation.

This Classification News is a reminder that the length of the means of embarkation provided should enable descent from the deck to the waterline in a controlled manner.

Specifically, SOLAS Regulation III/11.7 requires that:

“An embarkation ladder complying with the requirements of paragraph 6.1.6 of the Code extending, in a single length, from the deck to the waterline in the lightest seagoing condition under all conditions of trim of up to 10° and a list of up to 20° either way shall be provided at each embarkation station or at every two adjacent embarkation stations for survival craft launched down the side of the ship. However, the Administration may permit such ladders to be replaced by approved devices to afford access to the survival craft when waterborne, provided that there shall be at least one embarkation ladder on each side of the ship. Other means of embarkation enabling descent to the water in a controlled manner may be permitted for the liferafts required by regulation 31.1.4.”

The IMO Circular MSC 1.Circ/1243 also states that there should be:

“an embarkation ladder or other means of embarkation enabling descent to the water in a controlled manner in accordance with SOLAS regulation III/11.7.”

Use of knotted ropes

Further to Classification News No. 23/2008, please be aware that the use of a knotted rope for boarding remotely located survival craft is now prohibited for all new ships contracted for construction on or after July 1, 2008.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE

We are the originator of the long-established (1984) PTR Holland® clamping system used on our wide range of high quality MED/steering wheel by bureau veritas approved pilot and embarkation ladders. PTR Holland® are aware that certain parties have copied and supply, low-quality imitations of our rope ladders through several ship-chandlers in Rotterdam, Houston, Greece and in Turkey.

If you have recently taken delivery of a rope ladder we strongly recommend that you confirm that you have received an original product which originated from PTR HOLLAND GROUP. If not, we respectfully suggest that it be returned for replacement with an real approved ladder. Equally we would be pleased to provide an offer for a pilot or embarkation ladder, that is guaranteed as authentic and which fully complies with the relevant regulations. We have production plants in Rotterdam, Singapore and the UAE. All other worldwide destinations will be supplied by airfreight delivery within 48 hours available. Any questions or doubts please contact us: info@ptrholland.com

Thank you.
PTR HOLLAND® GROUP

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