Passage Planning Guidelines, 2019 Edition (eBook)

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August 2019

Passage Planning Guidelines, 2019 Edition (eBook)

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Written by and for professional navigators, this latest edition of Passage Planning Guidelines is the essential resource for all navigators. 


Fully updated, this 2019 edition incorporates 3 separate publications. Presented in a slip case, covering the latest key procedures, guidance and best practices required when navigating.  It is considered the complete set of publications on the topic.

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Incorporating the following 3 publications:


Passage Planning Guidelines (150 pages)
Safe Nav Watch (162 pages)
Teamwork on the Nav Bridge (50 pages)


Passage Planning Guidelines focuses on the Appraisal and Planning stages of voyage planning using traditional methods, paper charts and ECDIS with fully worked examples.


Safe Nav Watch provides guidance on safe bridge watchkeeping and best practice for the OOW.


Teamwork on the Nav Bridge is based on original text from a leading trainer of cockpit resource management, fully revised and updated to reflect the key factors on bridge resource management and why it is key to forming the bridge team.

Chapter 1 – Introduction 1

1 Effective Passage Planning 1

1.1 The Requirement for a Comprehensive Passage Plan 2

1.1.1 SOLAS Regulation 34 2

1.1.2 STCW Code 2

1.1.3 Safety Management System 2

1.1.4 IMO Resolution A.893(21) 2

1.2 The Four Stages of Planning 4

1.3 Responsibility 5

1.4 Key to Symbols 6

Chapter 2 – Appraisal 7

2 Gathering Information 7

2.1 Carriage Requirements for Charts and Nautical Publications 8

2.2 Preliminary Research 9

2.2.1 Preliminary Research – Destination 10

2.2.2 Preliminary Research – Weather and Environment 20

2.2.3 Preliminary Research – Passage Planning Guides 30

2.2.4 Preliminary Research – Nautical Publications, Charts, Update and Review 32

2.2.5 Passage Planning in Ice 45

2.2.6 Preliminary Research – Other Considerations 47

2.3 Appraisal Report 51

Chapter 3 – Passage Planning on Paper Charts 53

3 Planning 53

3.1 Voyage Overview 53

3.2 Chart Preparation 54

3.3 Plotting Courses 57

3.4 Speed 58

3.5 Pilotage 59

3.5.1 Pilotage Chart Preparation 59

3.5.2 Plotting Courses for Pilotage 60

3.6 Port Approaches 61

3.7 Coastal and Ocean Passages 62

3.7.1 Passage Charts 62

3.7.2 Distances to Clear Hazards 62

3.7.3 Courses for Coastal and Ocean Passages 62

3.7.4 Courses to Steer in Traffic Separation Schemes (TSSs) 62

3.7.5 Mariners’ Routeing Guides 64

3.7.6 Planning a Canal Transit 65

3.7.7 Courses for Ocean Passage 65

3.7.8 Additional Considerations for an Ocean Passage 66

3.7.9 Passage Planning Sheet 66

3.8 Risk Assessment 67

3.9 Completion of the Planning Stage 68

3.10 Coastal Passage – Example 69

3.10.1 Coastal Passage Example – Tidal Calculations 71

3.10.2 Coastal Passage Example – Speed and ETA Calculations 72

3.10.3 Coastal Passage Example – Preparing the Charts 73

Chapter 4 – Passage Planning on ECDIS 85

4 Effective Use of ECDIS 85

Introduction 85

4.1 Configuration of ECDIS Settings 87

4.1.1 ECDIS Planning Settings 87

4.1.2 Safety Contour 88

4.1.3 ENC Display 88

4.1.4 Display Category 89

4.1.5 Route Options 93

4.2 Route Creation 95

4.2.1 New Route 95

4.2.2 Adding Waypoints 95

4.2.3 Adjusting Waypoints 97

4.2.4 Multiple Route Options 104

4.2.5 Route Table 104

4.3 Mariner-added Objects 106

4.4 Supplementary Information 107

4.5 Manual Updates 111

4.6 Route Check 112

4.6.1 Configuration 113

4.6.2 Conducting the Route Check 114

4.6.3 Visual Check 115

4.7 Detailed Briefing 116

4.8 ECDIS References 117

Annexes 119

Annex A – Example Appraisal Report Format 119

Annex B – Passage Planning Checklists 121

Annex C – ECDIS Planning Checklists 127

Annex D – Parallel Indexing 133

Annex E – Example Passage Plan Worksheet Format 136

Annex F – Example of Passage Planning Notes 137

Annex G – Safety Depth and Safety Contours 138

Annex H – List of Useful Publications 143

Annex I – Independent Mariner Selectors




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Title: Passage Planning Guidelines, 2019 Edition (eBook)
Number of Volumes: 1
Number of Pages: 365
Product Code: WS1671EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-830-4 (9781856098304), ISBN 10: 1-85609-830-3 (1856098303)
Published Date: August 2019
Binding Format: Hardback
Book Height: 300 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Book Spine: 30 mm
Author: Witherby Publishing Group

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