Embarkation Ladders: Uses, Rigging, and Construction

An embarkation ladder, often also referred to as a pilot ladder, is a special type of rope ladder used most commonly on cargo vessels. Cargo vessels require embarkation ladders so that expert ship handlers, known as pilots, can move between their small, high-speed pilot ship and the cargo vessel. Pilots are responsible for manoeuvring large cargo ships through congested waterways, such as harbors, because they have detailed knowledge of the area.