procedure of transferring persons and goods, goes as follows:
The distance line is immediately tied onto the front of our ship. The distance line is marked by colored flags. These flags give the bridge an indication of the distance between the two vessels. A sailor on the other ship keeps the line firm. Meanwhile, the other ship has hooked the light jack stay on the outhailer. We then hoist the light jack stay on board and hang its loop hole in the snap hook. A snap hook can be unhooked quickly and at any moment, just in case something goes wrong. We once had a small fishing boat trying to pass between the two ships.
As soon as the light jack stay is securely fixed onto the snap hook, it's pulled straight by 30 sailors on the other ship. The number of 30 persons has been dictated by the Royal Dutch Navy. When the crew consists of male and female, the Dutch Navy regulation require a number of 35 people pulling the light jack stay. On top of the light jack stay is a pulley called the traveller block. The outhailer (from our ship) is fixed to one side and the inhailer to the other (from the other ship). With these two lines the light jack stay can be pulled back and forth between the two ships.
When all is set, a 100 kilo test weight is transferred over the water.
Only if everything goes well, a person will be transported. This person
is placed in a sling. This is a belt hung tightly around the chest and
slipped under the armpits. The sling is fixed to the light jack stay. The
light jack stay is pulled firm and there we go...with the outhailer the
person is pulled aboard our ship. When he or she arrives over the ship,
the light jack stay is given some slack and the visitor slowly lands on
deck. Luggage or goods are tranferred in the same manner. The use of a
sling is customary in the Dutch Navy. The US Navy uses a small cage to