The last in this cluster on Passage planning posts summarises the last two stages in the process, execution and monitoring. Making the plan happen, and then making sure it does.
As soon as time of departure and estimated time of arrival can be determined with reasonable accuracy, the passage should be executed in accordance with the plan
What factors are to be taken into account when executing the plan, or deciding on any departure from it?
- The reliability and condition of the vessel’s navigational equipment;
- Estimated times of arrival at critical points for tide heights and flow;
- Meteorological conditions;
- Weather routeing information;
- Daytime versus night-time passing of danger points;
- Traffic conditions, especially at navigational focal points.
What two important points must a master consider when executing a passage plan?
- Whether any particular circumstance introduces an unacceptable hazard to the safe conduc of the passage;
- At which specific points of the passage there may be a need to use additional deck or engine room personnel.
Where should then Passage plan be kept?
It should be available at all times on the bridge to allow officers of the watch immediate access to the details of the plan.
What should be monitored?
The progress of the vessel in accordance with the plan should be closely and continuously monitored.
How should changes to the plan be made?
Any changes made to the plan should be:
- Consistent with the Guidelines;
- Clearly marked;
- Clearly recorded.
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