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What to take into account while preparing a Passage Plan?

13 Oct '21, 01:24

Oct. 13, 2021, 1:24 a.m.
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Refer to Industry Guidelines:

1) Bridge Procedures Guide
2) Ocean Passages of the World
3) Admiralty Publications :
- List of Lights
- List of Radio Signals
- Tide Tables
- Sailing Directions
- Chart Catalogue
4) Bridge Team Management

The responsible officer is normally the 2nd Officer however this is at the discretion of the Master.

Weather routing – a service provided to a ship that assesses the best route for a ship to take based on current weather forecast information and specified criteria for the ship and voyage.

Air Draft – the height of the highest point of the ship above the waterline. This may be affected by masts that are designed to be lowered. This needs to be considered when planning passage past height limited points.

Risks and Hazards During the Passage

Each passage consists of 3 stages:

  • Berth – Pilot
  • Pilot – Pilot
  • Pilot - Berth

Assess the risks of each hazard that exists in each stage of the passage.

Hazards include shoals, reefs, shallow waters, areas of high traffic density, areas known to suffer frequent bad weather, oil and gas exploration and production rigs and fields, any other maritime obstruction that could reduce the safety of the passage.

Record these in the Risks worksheet for the stage of passage.

Ensure that mitigating actions are recorded and charts marked with the risks and required mitigating action.

Non-Routine Ports

A routine port is any port that the ship has called at without damage or delay in the previous 2 years.

Any other port nominated is classed as “non-routine” and passage plans to these ports must be reviewed by the office for approval before the passage starts.

A non-routine port is a port which the ship has not called in last 24 months or that the bridge team is not familiar with.

Conduct a risk assessment and discuss the port call with the MSI before calling a non-routine port.

If you witness or suspect breach of Sanctions, consult the Reporting sanction violation suspicions procedure and the Sanctions Policy and speak up. Trans-shipping cargo in a neutral country or via STS is often used to circumvent sanctions. Always contact the MSI if you have breach of sanctions suspicions.

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