There are different approaches for regulating the offshore transfer of personnel using personnel transfer devices (e.g., transfer baskets). This article summarizes the regulatory approaches used by several countries and offers remarks about the spectrum of regimes that can be used. Additionally, this article illustrates an interenationally recognized Type Approval program, as it applies to these transfer devices. The Type Approval program supports and complements the efforts of the industry (manufacturers, operators etc.) and regulatory bodies in helping ensure the safety of personnel during transfers.

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