Passage Planning Guide - English Channel, Dover Strait and Southern North Sea - 2024-25 Edition
This Guide is an essential resource for any ship navigating the English Channel, Dover Strait and Southern North Sea. Published in conjunction with the UK Chamber of Shipping, it contains passage planning information and the latest navigational guidance and practical advice for the region. It includes full-colour, pull-out chartlets, details of traffic hotspots and main ferry routes, weather and tidal information, and TSS and VTS information.
This Passage Planning Guide provides up-to-date information for the safe and controlled transit of ships through the English Channel, Dover Strait and Southern North Sea, covering passages to and from:
- Elbe, Jade, Weser
The 2024-25 edition has been fully revised and updated with assistance from serving deep-sea pilots and leading industry organisations. It now includes guidance covering German Bight.
The Guide will be a valuable source of reference at every stage of the passage (appraisal, planning, execution and monitoring). It highlights aids to navigation, traffic separation schemes, distinctive chart features, traffic hotspots, potential hazards, etc, which are essential considerations for a controlled and safe passage.
PART 1 Background and Supporting Notes to the Guide
1.1 Introduction to Passage Planning in the English Channel, Dover Strait and Southern North Sea
1.2 Guidance for Masters of Arriving Ships (Notification and Papers)
1.3 Route Selection through the English Channel, Dover Strait and Southern North Sea
1.4 Deep-Sea Pilotage
1.5 Guidance for OOW/Bridge Team in the English Channel, Dover Strait and Southern North Sea
1.6 Passage Planning
1.7 English Channel Migrant Crossings
1.8 Traffic in the English Channel Dover Strait and Southern North Sea
1.9 Ship Reporting Systems in the English Channel, Dover Strait and Southern North Sea
1.10 North Sea Emission Control Area (SOx/NOx-ECA)
1.11 Offshore Renewable Energy Installations (OREIs)
1.12 Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas
1.13 Emergency Towage Vessels (ETV)
PART 2 Case Studies, Groundings and Collisions
PART 3 Traffic Hotspots in English Channel, Dover Strait and Southern North Sea
3.1 Traffic Hotspots
3.1.1 NE-bound - North Hinder
3.1.2 Eastbound North Hinder - MAAS Center
3.1.3 NE-bound - Off Vlieland TSS
3.1.4 Westbound - out of Europoort
3.1.5 SW-bound - in the vicinity of Foxtrot 3
3.1.6 SW-bound - South Falls
3.1.7 SW-bound - after The Varne
3.1.8 NE-bound - Rijnveld
3.1.9 Rounding Sunk Centre LTV from the South and/or East
3.1.10 Arriving at Wandelaar Pilot Station
3.1.11 From MAAS Junction to Steenbank PBG/Schouwenbank Precautionary Area
PART 4 Passage Notes - NE Bound
PART 5 Passage Notes - SW Bound
Annex 1 - Pre-Entry Bridge Team Meeting
Annex 2 - Marine Accident Investigation Agency Contacts
Annex 3 - Routeing between MAAS and Wandelaar
Annex 4 - Navigation and Weather Warnings Diagrams
Annex 5 - SAR and Telemedical Contacts Details
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- Number of Pages:
- Published Date:
- November 2023
- Book Height:
- 300 mm
- Book Width:
- 250 mm
- 1.3 kg
- Publication Date:
- November 2023
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