Passage Planning Guidelines, 2019 Edition

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Published Date

August 2019

Passage Planning Guidelines, 2019 Edition

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The fully updated 2019 edition of Passage Planning Guidelines incorporates three separate publications presented in a slip case. It covers the latest procedures, guidance and best practice required for good navigational practice.

Passage Planning Guidelines incorporates three 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 throughout.


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


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

Passage Planning Guidelines

Chapter 1 – Introduction: Effective Passage Planning

Chapter 2 – Appraisal: Gathering Information

Chapter 3 – Passage Planning on Paper Charts: Planning

Chapter 4 – Passage Planning on ECDIS: Effective Use of ECDIS


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 – Learning from Incidents

Annex I – List of Useful Publications


Safe Nav Watch


Chapter 1 – Bridge Equipment (Carriage Requirements)

Chapter 2 – Bridge Equipment (Overview and Usage)

Chapter 3 – Prerequisites for Watchkeepers

Chapter 4 – Bridge Practices – At All Times

Chapter 5 – Bridge Practices – Coastal Navigation

Chapter 6 – Emergencies

Chapter 7 – Lessons from Navigational Incidents

Chapter 8 – Seamanship and Backup Philosophies


Teamwork on the Nav Bridge




1. Introduction

1.1. What do we mean by ‘Human Error’?

1.2 The Defences Against the Consequences of ‘Human Error’

1.3 Bridge Resource Management

1.4 Working with a Pilot Onboard

1.5 Keeping Fit for Duty

1.6 Fatigue

1.7 The use of Checklists

Passage planning is a process that requires skill and meticulous research. It is not something that should be taken lightly as it carries responsibility and the consequences of getting it wrong are serious. A passage planner must be conscientious and seek to produce a comprehensive and detailed ‘berth to berth’ plan based on a full appraisal, taking into account all possibilities and eventualities, while reducing navigational risk. An effective passage plan, whether it is completed using paper charts or ECDIS, must:


● Clearly define a safe navigational route from berth to berth

● be comprehensive and detailed, reduce navigational risk and include contingency options

● take into account established safety margins

● satisfy a rigorous checking process

● be easy to follow, allowing safe execution and monitoring of the plan

● be economical.


Witherbys titles are developed using scripts developed by technical experts that are peer reviewed within work groups. Typically, they seek to improve understanding of the regulations, recommendations and guidelines issued by Industry.

Witherbys staff have significant expertise in the fields of navigation and hazardous cargoes as well as in the presentation of complex subjects in a graphic and easy to understand manner.

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
Author: Witherby Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

One word: PERFECT Review by Alexander Vassiliadis
Being used already to the top standard of Witherby books, this particular one simply blew me away. It literally contains everything, a modern day watchkeeper and navigator needs to know. Witherby at their best! (Posted on 02/03/2021)

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