Check out this video showing a pilot transfer in heavy sea conditions outside Milford Haven, Wales. The tanker in the video is BP Shipping’s 2003-built Aframax crude oil tanker British Robin. As you can see, the pilot makes his way down the ladder as the ship rolls heavily in the wind and waves. The video cuts just short of showing the actual transfer, which we are told was successful in this case.
It just goes to show the dangers ship pilots face just doing their jobs, as well as the skills and experience needed to pull transfers like these off safely.
According to the uploader, the pilot boat is the Picton and the video was filmed on January 15, 2015.