The passage planning theme is padded out a bit more in this post with a summary of some of the guidance given in-
IMO RESOLUTION A.893(21)-GUIDELINES FOR VOYAGE PLANNING
The need for voyage and passage planning applies to all vessels.
What are the stages of voyage planning?
The gathering of all information relevant to voyage or passage;
This is the detailed planning of the whole voyage or passage from berth to berth. It includes areas needing a pilot.
This is the execution of the voyage in accordance with the plan or any changes made to it.
This is the monitoring of the progress of the vessel in the implementation of the plan.
What information should be taking into account during passage appraisal?
- Operational limitations
- At sea
- In fairways
- In ports
- Manouvering data
- Any restrictions
- Special characteristics of the cargo, especially if hazardous
- Distribution of cargo
- stowage and securing
- To be competent
- To be well-rested
Up-to-date certificates and documents concerning :
- The vessel
- Sppropriate scale, accurate and up-to-date charts;
- Relevant permanent or temporary notices to mariners;
- Radio navigational warnings;
- Accurate and up-to-date:
- sailing directions;
- List of lights;
- Lists of radio aids to navigation;
- Mariners routeing guide.
The Next Post
The next post will be taking the subject of passage planning forward a bit more, to look at the guidelines on planning the voyage.
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