A portable ladder hinged to a platform attached to the side of a ship and which can be positioned to provide access between ship and shore. Telescopic accommodation ladder is used for covering a long distance between the vessel and port quay. According to amendments to SOLAS Convention ships constructed on or after 1 January 2010 shall be provided with means of embarkation on and disembarkation from ships for use in port, such as gangway and accommodation ladders. See also Boarding arrangement.
To enable an efficient control of persons arriving onboard in port, it is very good to have the accommodation ladder, which leads directly to a reception point near the Deck Office.