RMI Urges Certification For SOLAS-Compliant Pilot And Embarkation Ladders


  • The Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator (RMI) issues a marine notice following a marine casualty involving a counterfeit embarkation ladder on an RMI-registered ship.
  • Manufacturers are urged to certify compliance with SOLAS requirements for pilot and embarkation ladders to prevent incidents and ensure safety at sea.

Incident and Investigation

A surveyor was seriously injured when side ropes parted on a counterfeit embarkation ladder. Investigation revealed incomplete markings and poor-quality step fixtures, indicating the ladder’s counterfeit nature.

Certification Requirements

Manufacturers of pilot ladders must certify compliance with SOLAS regulation V/23.2.3. Embarkation ladders should comply with SOLAS regulation III/11.7 or ISO 5489 requirements. RMI recommends inspecting pilot and embarkation ladders on all RMI-registered vessels for potential counterfeits.

Actions Recommended

If doubts arise about ladder authenticity, it should be taken out of service and verified with the manufacturer. Chandler or vendors cannot verify ladder authenticity reliably.Counterfeit ladders should be destroyed and replaced with genuine OEM ladders.OEMs should have certified Quality Management Systems. Careful consideration should be given when purchasing ladders, and reliance solely on OEM documentation may be insufficient. Request confirmation from the ship’s Recognized Organization (RO) regarding ladder compliance. Purchase pilot and embarkation ladders directly from OEMs or local OEM-approved suppliers to ensure authenticity and compliance with standards.


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Source: Safety4sea


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