List of publication used During passage planning for Intended voyage ?

The list of publications to be consulted when planning an Ocean Passage are as follows :-
  1. Ocean Passages for the World
  2. Mariner’s Handbook
  3. Chart catalogue
  4. NP 5011
  5. Routeing chart
  6. Ocean Current charts and current atlases
  7. Ice Charts
  8. Sailing Directions
  9. Admiralty Tide Tables
  10. Admiralty List of Lights and Fog Signals
  11. Admiralty List of Radio Signals
  12. Distance Tables
  13. Guide to Port Entry
  14. Weekly Notice to Mariners
  15. Annual Summary of Notices
  16. M-Notices
  17. Navigation warnings (T & P Notices).
  18. IMO Ship’s Routeing
  19. Nautical Almanac
  20. Sight Reduction Tables
  21. Norie’s Tables
  22. Collision Regulations and INTERCO
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Following are the factors that the Master must take into account when choosing an optimum route for an Ocean Passage :-

  • Type of vessel, draft and underkeel clearance at various stages of the voyage.
  • Time of the year and expected weather / sea conditions.
  • Available depths and width of water.
  • Possibility of encountering gale force winds causing subsequent delays or damage to the vessel.
  • Likelihood of encountering ice and fog causing delay or deviations from the planned route.
  • Predominant currents / tidal streams being either adverse or favourable to the ship’s course.
  • Economical route (fuel & time saving).
  • Good weather route (for passenger vessels).
  • Recommendations from Ocean Passages of the World.
  • Recommendations from Meteorological Office.
  • State of loading and nature / type of cargo.
  • Need of any tasks to be carried out during voyage.
  • Overall navigational aids on board.
  • Distances off from Islands and other navigational hazard, incase of engine failure.
  • War zones, fishing traffic, oil and gas offshore developments and abnormal waves.
  • Overall distance comparison
  • Company’s or charteres preference.


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