What manoeuvring information is displayed on bridge?

As per IMO Resolution A601 (15),  Provision and display of manoeuvring information on board

(Following taken from MGN 201 (M+F) – Manoeuvring information on board ships)
Applicable to all ships to which SOLAS applies – pilot card for all ships more than 100 m in length

Administrations are recommended to require following manoeuvring information to be on board and available to navigators:

  1. Pilot Card
  2. Wheelhouse Poster
  3. Manoeuvring Booklet

Pilot Card

  1. To be filled by master
  2. Intended to provide information to the pilot on boarding the ship
  3. Information contains current condition of the ship wrt:
    • Loading
    • Propulsion
    • Manoeuvring equipment
    • Other relevant equipment
  4. Contents of pilot card are available for use without the necessity of conducting special manoeuvring trials

Wheelhouse Poster

  1. Should be permanently displayed in wheelhouse
  2. It should contain:
    • General particulars
    • Detailed information describing the manoeuvring characteristics of the ship
  3. Shall be of such size to ensure ease of use
  4. Manoeuvring performance of the ship may differ from that shown on the poster due to
    • Environmental Conditions
    • Hull Conditions
    • Loading Conditions

Manoeuvring Booklet

  1. Should be available on board
  2. Should contain comprehensive details of the ship’s manoeuvring characteristics & other relevant data
  3. Should include information shown on the wheelhouse poster
  4. Most of the manoeuvring information in the booklet can be estimated but some should be obtained from trials
  5. The information in the booklet maybe supplemented in the course of the life of the ship

Recommended Contents:

  1. General description
    • Ship Particulars
    • Characteristics of Main Engine
  2. Manoeuvring characteristic in deep water
    • Course Change performance
    • Turning circles
    • Accelerating turns
    • Yaw checking tests
    • MOB & Parallel Course Manoeuvres
    • Lateral Thrust capabilities
  3. Stopping & speed control characteristics in deep water
    • Stopping ability
    • Deceleration performance
    • Acceleration performance
  4. Manoeuvring characteristics in shallow water
    • Turning circle
    • Squat
  5. Manoeuvring characteristics in wind
    • Wind force & moments
    • Course keeping limitations
    • Drifting under wind influence
    • Manoeuvring characteristics in low speed
  6. Additional information


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