- Check on chart that the ground track is clear of hazards
- Make use of all marks to help you with your navigation, use churches, lighthouses, radio masts and headlands.
- Try to keep clear of traffic lanes.
- Annotate the chart with the courses and distances. Later on you will have to work out the correct course to steer for each leg.
- Think tides and the need to adjust for BST Work out the range of tide for the day so that you can quickly interpolate tidal strengths.
- Mark up the tidal graph for a local port so that you can quickly reduce to soundings a tidal height or depth.
- Draw up a list of way points and enter them into the GPS.
Checklist for Passage Planning
|All available charts for passage arranged.
|Requisition sent for charts / pubs , approach charts for bunker/refuge ports enroute
|Passage charts checked all corrected to date.
|Sailing directions and supplements and corrections to sailing directions checked.
|Light lists all corrected to date and onboard for areas of voyage.
|ALRS’ all onboard and corrected to date.
|Tide tables and Tidal Currents for route checked and relavant data collected for ready reference
|Routing charts checked for guidelines on current and winds for the relevant period
|Temporary and Preliminary notices checked.
|Ocean Passages of the World, checked for passage.
|Draught calculated for the various stages of the passage.
|Dynamic UKC during passage verified ( inside 30 mtrs contour / Canal / narrow passages )
|Navigation marks and lights checked.Radar conspicuous points and coast lines checked.
|Navigational warnings on Navtex as well as long range NAVAREA warnings
|Weather reports taken, fax charts taken and weather routing done.
|Latest US port advisory for list of countries rasining of Security level checked?
|High Risk Area- Notification to P&I / MSCHOA/UKMTO checked?
|Precaution/Procedure as per Latesr Best management practicses checked?
|LSFO requirement for the passage discussed with the Chief engineer ?
|Requirements for the passage advised by Chief Engineer ( Fuel / Lube/Chemicals/ FW / consumables)
|If ECDIS fitted on board, Additional Checklist for ECDIS to be filled for passage plan
|Passage plan format must contain all the following elements.
|Largest scale charts being used. Charts corrected upto latest NM received from digitrace
|Co’s to be marked on charts in 360 degree notation, and checked against actual Co.
|Distances between WPs marked. DTG and “waypoint co-ordinates” are marked at each waypoint.
|Passage plan is prepared berth to berth
|Waypoints entered into all electronic navigation equipment/ ETA for each way point to be calculated
|Abort Point are to be marked on Narrow Passage/ Approach charts
|Hazards, no-go and dangerous areas to be marked on charts including harbour charts /pilotage waters
|Cross track error margins to be indicated, as applicable, on charts.
|Bearing and distance from alteration points marked.
|Radar conspicuous objects, coastline radar objects / shapes, indicated on charts.
|Passage plan to have ETA to WP and place to record actual passing of WP ( during execution)
|Danger clearing bearings and distances indicated on charts.
|Parallel indexing distances to be indicated.
|Safe and practical speeds for each stage of passage to be decided by Master
|Areas where restricted visibility may be expected, and additional lookout required are identified
|Areas where traffic may be heavy or converging /crossing to be indicated.
|Minimum under keel clearance for each stage to be more than 30 CM after allowing Squat.
|MARPOL regulations incorporated in Passage plan in relation to Annex 1 , V and VI
|Contingency Anchorages to be identified on approach chart / vicinity of narrow Passages
|Strength of navigational watch to be decided for the various stages of the plan.
|Position fixing frequency to be decided for various stages of passage & included in plan.
|Tides/ currents written on chart for the narrow passage / ports ?
|Passage Plan to be Signed by Master / Chief Engineer/All Navigating officers/ cadets.