One in five pilot transfers deemed unsafe

Fidra Films, the UK production company behind the recent Be Cyber Aware At Sea campaign, is turning its attention to the dangers faced by pilots on a daily basis for its next movie project.

Chris Young, the founder of the maritime educational film company, said the film would look to help improve the safety of pilot ladders and pilot transfer arrangements.

Recent surveys show that an average of approximately 20% of all pilot ladder arrangements are non-compliant, and are therefore unsafe to use.

“A reduction of this figure is our primary target, by delivering education and encouraging enforcement,” Young said.

It’s intended that the film will be part of a larger campaign, begun a couple of years ago on Twitter using the hashtag #dangerousladders. This campaign has brought together pilots and their representatives from across the industry and the globe, many of whom have contributed to the groundwork for this film project.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. It’s the 21st century, we landed on the moon fifty years ago, we have double-hulled tankers, semi-submersible ships, azipod thrusters , ECDIS, AIS, but rope ladders, the weakest link in the marine health and safety chain, are still the main access to a ship’s deck. Naval architects and ship owners are just not trying hard enough, they obviously don’t care, I wonder why?

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