The Transport Agency has issued a Safety Alert that false MED certificates for pilot ladders are in circulation. The falsification has been carried out within the framework of the Marine Equipment Directive 2014/90/EU and ships wheel markings.
Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore SAS has not issued this MED certificate and the producer is not Marine Safety Supplies Ltd. If a pilot ladder with a certificate of this kind is on board it should be replaced immediately. This came to light at the same time as the above Safety Alert published an incident with a pilot ladder in which the ship had fitted a
replacement step. When the ship was boarded the step broke; fortunately the pilot suffered no injuries. When a step is replaced, it is important that the assembly instructions are correctly followed. The step must not be modified in any way since that could affect its strength. It is also important that pilot ladders and replacement steps are rated and approved to comply with the relevant standards. Under IMO Resolution A 1045(27), a ladder must never have more than two replacement steps mounted at the same time and it must be repaired or replaced as soon as possible with a new ladder.