Design & Engineering Standards

Guidance on Pilot Ladders, Embarkation Ladders, and Pilot Transfer Arrangements

The Coast Guard’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG) recently published a policy letter on the approval of pilot ladders and embarkation ladders.  CG-ENG Policy Letter No. 01-21 provides equipment manufacturers guidance to seek approval of pilot ladders and embarkation ladders that meet ISO 799-1:2019 or ISO 5489:2008, respectively.  It harmonizes the approval of pilot ladders and embarkation ladders with updated international standards and provides updated guidance on embarking and disembarking of pilots.

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