Passage Planning Guidelines, 2019 Edition

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August 2019

Passage Planning Guidelines, 2019 Edition

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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 three separate publications presented in a slip case. It covers the latest key procedures, guidance and best practices required when navigating and 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 Effective Passage Planning

1.1 The Requirement for a Comprehensive Passage Plan

1.1.1 SOLAS Regulation

1.1.2 STCW Code

1.1.3 Safety Management System

1.1.4 IMO Resolution A.893(21)

1.2 The Four Stages of Planning

1.3 Responsibility

1.4 Key to Symbols

Chapter 2 – Appraisal

2 Gathering Information

2.1 Carriage Requirements for Charts and Nautical Publications

2.2 Preliminary Research

2.2.1 Preliminary Research – Destination

2.2.2 Preliminary Research – Weather and Environment

2.2.3 Preliminary Research – Passage Planning Guides

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

2.2.5 Passage Planning in Ice

2.2.6 Preliminary Research – Other Considerations

2.3 Appraisal Report

Chapter 3 – Passage Planning on Paper Charts

3 Planning

3.1 Voyage Overview

3.2 Chart Preparation

3.3 Plotting Courses

3.4 Speed

3.5 Pilotage

3.5.1 Pilotage Chart Preparation

3.5.2 Plotting Courses for Pilotage

3.6 Port Approaches

3.7 Coastal and Ocean Passages

3.7.1 Passage Charts

3.7.2 Distances to Clear Hazards

3.7.3 Courses for Coastal and Ocean Passages

3.7.4 Courses to Steer in Traffic Separation Schemes (TSSs)

3.7.5 Mariners’ Routeing Guides

3.7.6 Planning a Canal Transit

3.7.7 Courses for Ocean Passage

3.7.8 Additional Considerations for an Ocean Passage

3.7.9 Passage Planning Sheet

3.8 Risk Assessment

3.9 Completion of the Planning Stage

3.10 Coastal Passage – Example

3.10.1 Coastal Passage Example – Tidal Calculations

3.10.2 Coastal Passage Example – Speed and ETA Calculations

3.10.3 Coastal Passage Example – Preparing the Charts

Chapter 4 – Passage Planning on ECDIS

4 Effective Use of ECDIS


4.1 Configuration of ECDIS Settings

4.1.1 ECDIS Planning Settings

4.1.2 Safety Contour

4.1.3 ENC Display

4.1.4 Display Category

4.1.5 Route Options

4.2 Route Creation

4.2.1 New Route

4.2.2 Adding Waypoints

4.2.3 Adjusting Waypoints

4.2.4 Multiple Route Options

4.2.5 Route Table

4.3 Mariner-added Objects

4.4 Supplementary Information

4.5 Manual Updates

4.6 Route Check

4.6.1 Configuration

4.6.2 Conducting the Route Check

4.6.3 Visual Check

4.7 Detailed Briefing

4.8 ECDIS References


Annex A – Example Appraisal Report Format

Annex B – Passage Planning Checklists

Annex C – ECDIS Planning Checklists

Annex D – Parallel Indexing

Annex E – Example Passage Plan Worksheet Format

Annex F – Example of Passage Planning Notes

Annex G – Safety Depth and Safety Contours

Annex H – List of Useful Publications

Annex I – Independent Mariner Selectors



Title: Passage Planning Guidelines, 2019 Edition
Number of Volumes: 1
Number of Pages: 365
Product Code: WS1671K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-829-8 (9781856098298), ISBN 10: 1-85609-829-X (185609829X)
Published Date: August 2019
Binding Format: Hardback
Book Height: 300 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Book Spine: 30 mm
Weight: 2.00 kg

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