The essence of ship navigation in ocean waters and the role of navigational tools in ensuring a safe sail at the sea explained! The seventh article in our Bridge Procedure Series.
Sometimes, Officers Of the Watch work under restricted visibility and/or navigate in limited sea areas. Preparing passage plan aims to develop a comprehensive berth to berth navigation plan in order to ensure safe voyage
A passage plan aims to develop a comprehensive berth to berth navigation plan in order to ensure safe voyage as it determines a route to be followed. There are four actual stages to be followed when preparing a passage plan.
Safe pilotage demands the effective co-ordination between Maritime Pilot, Master and the other members of the Bridge team. Lack of communication and/or inadequate Harbor Pilot’s knowledge may lead to the reduction of safety of navigation.
Arrival at port is an important part of a ship’s voyage and there are actions to be taken aiming to ensure the smooth sail and safe approach of the ship at port. Failure in carrying out the appropriate procedures might lead to unfavorable situations both for vessel and port.
Many maritime accidents are caused by errors of bridge personnel and inadequate bridge procedures. In order to reduce this number, deck department has to be well prepared before a vessel’s departure for a voyage at the sea. These preparations may include many complexities and this is the reason why a bunch of things should be considered and prepared carefully, to ensure a smooth voyage passage and safe navigation.
Currently, there is a great boost of shipping activity in the western part of the Northern Sea Route, with ships bringing in materials and equipment for the Yamal LNG plant and the construction of Sabetta port. Many operators eye the passage through NSR, identifying it as a potential international transit route, therefore, a significant expansion of cargo volume is expected over the coming years.
New equipment combined with the latest technologies on vessels have brought to the front the need for familiarization with ship specific arrangements. Operators should understand the importance of effective bridge procedures, in order to support the conduct of safe navigation and efficient ship operations.
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