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Bridge Procedures: Ship navigation when in restricted visibility

Ship navigation in restricted visibility doubles the likelihood of a collision or grounding. Such situations call for the use of special equipment and require some actions to be taken by the time the ship’s officer gets information of relevant weather conditions. 

Bridge Procedures: The importance of passage planning

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.

Bridge Procedures: Preparations for arrival at port

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.

Bridge Procedures: Bridge preparations for voyage departure

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.

How to prepare for navigating the Northern Sea Route

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.

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