The size of a small country

It’s hovering near the bottom, almost in position, almost de-aired, almost there.

The weather is not quite what we’d like for this sort of malarkey but then again it’s not too threatening either, good.

The timings and interruptions of the last few days have resulted in the unthinkable for a chap wott takes great pride in his skill with an open razor, three days growth on his mush. Uggghh! Ghastly chavvy chap!!

On a more nautical theme, yours truly was asked what should be included in a ‘Passage Plan’ in order to make it, as he put it in his sweet Westcountry way, ‘Proper Job’.

Well old mucker, cop this between the eyes and enjoy.

A passage plan in compliance with IMO resolution A.893(21).

The plan should address and be prepared to cover the entire voyage or passage from berth to berth, including those areas where the services of a pilot will be used.

The detailed voyage or passage plan should include the following factors:

  • The plotting of the intended route or track of the voyage or passage on appropriate scale charts: the true direction of the planned route or track should be indicated, as well as all areas of danger, existing ships’ routeing and reporting systems, vessel traffic services, and any areas where marine environmental protection considerations apply;
  • The main elements to ensure safety of life at sea, safety and efficiency of navigation, and protection of the marine environment during the intended voyage or passage; such elements should include, but not be limited to:
    • Safe speed, having regard to the proximity of navigational hazards along the intended route or track, the manoeuvring characteristics of the vessel and its draught in relation to the available water depth;
    • Necessary speed alterations en route, e.g., where there may be limitations because of night passage, tidal restrictions, or allowance for the increase of draught due to squat and heel effect when turning;
    • Minimum clearance required under the keel in critical areas with restricted water depth;
    • Positions where a change in machinery status is required;
    • Course alteration points, taking into account the vessel’s turning circle at the planned speed and any expected effect of tidal streams and currents;
    • The method and frequency of position fixing, including primary and secondary options, and the indication of areas where accuracy of position fixing is critical and where maximum reliability must be obtained;
    • Use of ships’ routeing and reporting systems and vessel traffic services;
    • Considerations relating to the protection of the marine environment; and
    • Contingency plans for alternative action to place the vessel in deep water or proceed to a port of refuge or safe anchorage in the event of any emergency necessitating abandonment of the plan, taking into account existing shore-based emergency response arrangements and equipment and the nature of the cargo and of the emergency itself.
  • The details of the voyage or passage plan should be clearly marked and recorded, as appropriate, on charts and in a voyage plan notebook or computer disk.
  • Each voyage or passage plan as well as the details of the plan, should be approved by the ships’ master prior to the commencement of the voyage or passage.

ii) Reporting

iii) Ballast configuration

iv) Arrival information

v) Environmental limitations of sea fastening / cargo

vi) Application of weather routeing

vii) Stability information

About allatsea

Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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