Passage Planning Guide – Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) (PPG-SOMS 2017 Edition)

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December 2016

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Passage Planning Guide – Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) (PPG-SOMS 2017 Edition)

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This 2017 edition of the Passage Planning Guide, Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) has been completely revised to incorporate the latest guidance and practical advice for ships transiting the region.

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Since the first edition of this guide by SIGTTO was published, concern among the coastal States, major cargo importers, ship owners and shipmasters regarding navigational safety in the Straits has continued. The Straits remain one of the busiest and most congested seaways in the world and the carriage of cargoes in this region increases year on year. The interest and participation of all continues today managed by Witherby Publishing Group, working together with marine advisors who work on a daily basis in the Straits, Pilots, local Navigation Superintendents and Shipmasters transiting the Straits.




PART 1 - Background and Supporting Notes to the Guide

1.1 Introduction

1.1.1 Explanaton of Routes Shown on the Chartlets in this Guide

1.2 Background to navigational safety in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS)

1.2.1 The Co-operative Mechanism for the SOMS

1.2.2 Other Initiatives in the Region Marine Electronic Highway (MEH)

1.3 Under Keel Clearance

1.4 ECDIS Safety Settings – Safety Contour

Draught + under keel clearance (UKC) (including squat and a safety margin) height of tide (HoT)10

1.5 Controlling Depths East and Westbound

UKC considerations in planning for a transit over ‘Eastern Bank’

1.5.1 Sandwaves

1.5.2 Controlling Depths - Eastbound

1.5.3 Controlling Depths - Westbound

1.6 Passage Planning Guidance

1.6.1 Purpose of Passage Planning

1.6.2 Error Management

1.6.3 Preparations for the plan

1.6.4 Preparing the Plan

1.6.5 Preparing Charts

1.6.6 Preparing or Amending Passage Notes

1.6.7 SOMS Pre-Entry Bridge Team Meeting

1.6.9 Monitoring the Passage Plan

1.7 Practical Guidance for the Transit

1.7.1 Bridge Manning Levels

1.7.2 Engine Room Manning Levels

1.7.3 Speed of VLCCs and Deep Draught Vessels.

1.7.4 Use of Engines

1.7.5 Traffic

1.7.6 Fishing Vessels and Tugs Operating in the SOMS

1.7.7 Pilot Stations and Calling Singapore Pilots

1.7.8 Storing in Transit

1.7.9 Singapore Anchorages

1.7.10 Bunkers

1.7.11 AIS

1.7.12 VHF Communication and Collision Avoidance

1.7.13 Example Tidal Window Calculation

1.7.14 Currents and Tidal Streams

1.7.15 Batu Berhanti and Tidal Streams in that Area

Advice when navigating in the vicinity of Batu Berhanti

1.7.16 Visual Navigational Aids

1.7.17 Weather, Monsoon Seasons and Haze

1.7.18 Marine Advisory Service - Straits of Malacca and Singapore

1.7.19 Pirate Activity and Security

1.8 References

PART 2 - Groundings and Collisions in the SOMS – Case Studies

Groundings and Collisions in the SOMS – Case Studies

Collision between the ‘Hyundai 105’ and the ‘Kaminesan’ in the Singapore Strait – May 2004

Collision between the ‘Formosaproduct Brick’ and the ‘Ostende Max’ in the Strait of Malacca – August 2009

Grounding of the ‘Maersk Kendal’ on Monggok Sebarok Reef – September 2009

‘Beks Halil’ and ‘Thuan My’ March 2013

‘Atlantic Hero’ and ‘Oriental Pioneer’ July 2013

‘Hanjin Italy’ and ‘Al Gharrafa’ December 2013

Three Collisions – January/February 2014

‘Southern Explorer’ and ‘Best Unity’ September 2014

Collision between the MV ‘APL California’ and the MV ‘Poseidon Triumph’ – October 2015

‘Thorco Cloud’ and the ‘Stolt Commitment’ December 2015

‘Ayu Lestari’ and the ‘Mare Tirrenum’ March 2016

‘MSC Alexandra’ and the ‘Dream II’ August 2016

PART 3 - Passage Notes

3.1 Eastbound Passage Notes – Malacca Strait and Singapore Straits

3.2 Westbound Passage Notes – Singapore Straits and Malacca Strait

PART 4 - Annexes

Annex 1 – Guidance Notes Prior to the Pre-Entry Bridge Team Meeting

Annex 2 – Rules for Vessels Navigating through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

Annex 3 – Recommendatory Measure for Vessels Crossing the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) and Precautionary Areas in the Singapore Strait During Hours of Darkness

Annex 4 – STRAITREP - Mandatory Reporting Procedures

Annex 5 – Port Reporting Systems

Annex 6 – Anchorage Locations off Singapore

Annex 7 – Reporting Procedures for Vessels Manoeuvring in Port

Annex 8 – IMO Resolution A.893(21) – Guidelines for Voyage Planning

Annex 9 – Prohibition of Anchoring in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

Annex 10 – Advisory to Shipping on Improving Security Measures While Transiting the Malacca Strait (extract)

Annex 11 – Singapore LNG Terminal (Jurong Island)

Annex 12 – Special Bunkering Anchorage – Compulsory Pilotage

Annex 13 – Revision of Singapore Eastern Pilot Boarding Grounds

Annex 14 – Alteration of Port Limits off Johor Bahru

Annex 15 – Designated Safety Navigational Channel Johor Bahru

Annex 16 – 36-Hour Limit on Anchorage Stays in Singapore (without activity)

Annex 17 – Revision to the Pre-Arrival Notification (PAN)

Title: Passage Planning Guide – Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) (PPG-SOMS 2017 Edition)
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: 2017
Number of Pages: 244
Product Code: WS1531K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-728-4 (9781856097284), ISBN 10: 1-85609-728-5 (1856097285)
Published Date: December 2016
Binding Format: Hardback
Book Height: 300 mm
Book Width: 260 mm
Book Spine: 40 mm
Weight: 1.50 kg

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