Passage Planning Practice – Second Edition
This publication analyses the four stages of passage planning – appraisal, planning, execution and monitoring. It works through an example of a passage from Rotterdam to Gibraltar, highlighting the key tasks forming an effective plan. This book should be read alongside its companion title, ‘Passage Planning Principles.
This book guides the reader through preparing a passage plan, providing detailed information at each step to ensure that nothing is overlooked.
It gradually builds a complete passage plan for a voyage from Rotterdam to Gibraltar, providing chart extracts for each leg of the passage, template plans and checklists.
This publication will greatly benefit those new to passage planning or as a reference guide for more experienced crew.
All ships should prepare a passage plan that covers the voyage from the departure berth to the arrival berth. It should adhere to national and international regulations and any Company Standing Orders. It must follow navigational advice and standards within the Company’s Safety Management System where appropriate.
Ships of a particular Company are likely to adopt a similar format for their passage plans, although variations caused by cargo type, ship type or draught or commercial agreements are possible.
The passage plan described here has not been prepared to any specific Company instructions.
The main difference between passage plans is in the layout. Company-specific documents, such as proformas and checklists, are generally used. We have provided a generic layout for this plan, which balances the chart’s information with other related passage plan documents. Remember to use all relevant passage plan documents in conjunction with the navigational charts.
This book is designed to be read alongside the first chapter of ‘Passage Planning Principles (ISBN 978-1-85609-853-3), where many of the terms and concepts are described in more detail.
1 Voyage Instructions
2 Confirmation of Destination
2.1 Task 1: Confirm Destination
2.2 Task 2: Establish Route
2.3 Task 3: Calculate Distances
3.1 Task 4: Collate Company, Master and Charterer’s Instructions
3.2 Task 5: Gather General Information
3.3 Task 6: Collect and Note Cargo Information
4.1 Procedure for Chart Selection
4.2 Task 7: If the largest-scale charts for the voyage (or part of the voyage) are not on board, they must be requisitioned
4.3 Task 8: Identify predicted areas of danger and mark on charts
4.4 Task 9: Lay off the courses, clear of hazards and dangers
4.5 Calculation of Wheel Over Point
4.6 Steps to Draw Wheel-Over Bearing by Advance Transfer Method
4.7 Use of Large-Scale Plans within Small-Scale Charts
4.8 Task 10: Mark all identified hazards
4.9 Use of the ‘Admiralty List of Lights
4.10 Use of Admiralty List of Radio Signals
4.11 Calculation of Radar Horizon
4.12 Transferring Position from one Chart to Another Chart
4.13 Use of Admiralty List of Radio Signals for Information about RACONS
4.14 Use of Admiralty List of Radio Signals for information on DGPS Beacons
4.15 Task 11: Identify the hazards
5.1 Task 12: Allocate Resources for Bridge Team Management
6.1 Task 13: Continuously monitor progress along the planned track
6.2 Anchor Plan
6.3 Berthing Plan
Appendix 1: Own Passage Checklist
Appendix 2: Passage Plan, Bab-el-Mandeb to Jeddah Pilot Station
Appendix 3: Passage Plan, Jeddah Pilot Station to Berth
Appendix 4: Passage Planning Notebook
Appendix 5: Port Entry Information – Jeddah
Appendix 6: Ship’s Particulars and Manoeuvring Characteristics
Appendix7: Chartwork Legends