The Zhejiang Maritime Safety Administration issued details of the changes to shipping routes off the coast of the Zhejiang Province which take effect on 10 September 2021.
amely, the changes to the 15 main shipping routes along the coast of Zhejiang look to establish demarcation between shipping routes and fishing areas, and therefore reduce the potential risk of collision incidents between commercial and fishing vessels.
The adjustment of sea route will be helpful to establish a relatively clear borderline between ship’s routes and fishing areas, and reduce the potential risk of collision incidents between commercial vessels and fishing vessels.
…Zhejiang Maritime Safety Administration noted.
Attention and Caution
- The route width is the theoretical width, and the waterway restricted by natural environment and navigation conditions, shall be limited to its actual width of the navigable water area.
- The ship shall select the route scientifically and reasonably according to the characteristics of the ship and the port of destination with reference to the latest navigation materials. For large ships passing through the coastal areas of Zhejiang, it is recommended to choose the outer route preferentially and pass through the east side of the Haijiao.
- The ship shall maintain a proper lookout, keep the equipment of AIS in good working condition and a listening watch on VHF, and switch to the watchkeeping channel in time after entering the VTS area.
- The ship shall proceed on the right side of the central line of the route at a safe speed and avoid parallel running with other ships for a long time with due regard to the observance of good seamanship. Particular caution shall be taken when entering and leaving the fairway, passing through the high traffic density and the traffic crossing area. When crossing the fairway, the ship shall cross on a heading as nearly as practicable at right angles to the general direction of traffic flow.
- The vessel shall avoid anchoring and operating in the fairway waters.
- In case of any danger, it shall be reported to the Maritime Safety Administration in time.