How To Make Vessel Boardings Safe


The National Maritime Safety at Sea Council (NMSSC), the WSH Council, and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) collaborated to create a movie that promotes workplace safety and health awareness and promotes the use of excellent WSH practices when boarding and alighting from vessels.


The video emphasises the significance of wearing a life jacket and good WSH procedures when boarding from the dock to launch, launching to the vessel, and then vice versa when disembarking.

Cross over to the gangway

Continue climbing until your feet are at the same level as or just above the gangway in order to move from the pilot ladder to the gangway. Next, place one foot onto the gangway, and only then should you cross across while standing firmly.

Three-point contact must constantly be maintained. Once on the gangway, slowly ascend to the deck by holding onto the rails with both hands and keeping three-point contact.

Leaving the vessel

Only when the seating conditions are secure will you be permitted to attend the launch. If you believe it to be harmful or are feeling ill, you may also decline. Next, make sure you are wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment, notably your life jacket, and maintain a firm grip on the railing with both hands.

Reaching the pilot ladder while descending the gangway, hold onto it with one hand and start descending while keeping three-point contact at all times.

It’s important to pay close attention to your surroundings while you descend the ladder. As you get closer to the bottom, pay close attention to the launch master’s or assistant’s instructions because they will tell you when it is safe to transfer.

Only board the launch after getting a command when it is about at the same level as the ladder. After that, let go of the ladder and step onto the deck of the launch while grabbing the handrail.

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Source: Safety4Sea