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Passage Planning Guide: Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait (PPG - GBRTS 2019 Edition)

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SKU 9781856098182
Publisher Witherby Seamanship International
ISBN 9781856098182

This Guide is designed to be used as part of the ship's pre-entry procedures and also as a tool for familiarising and refreshing the bridge team each time the ship is planning a passage through the GBRTS. Its design, with pull-out chartlets, allows this Guide to be used in real time, giving the navigator the overview that can be lost with the introduction of ECDIS paperless ships.

 

All the data contained within this Guide has been collated and validated by Australian Reef Pilots, drawing on their considerable experience in all areas of the Marine Park. It is also their approved familiarisation and training guide.

 

Key updates to the Passage Planning Guide: Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait (PPG-GBRTS) include:

  • A new section on traffic hotspot’s which provides guidance for safely navigating areas where potential collisions are more likely to occur

  • Updated case studies

  • The latest guidance and waypoints from the AMSA Queensland Coastal Passage Plan (QCPP).

PART 1 – Background and Supporting Notes to the Guide

1.1 Introduction

1.1.1 Explanation of Routes Shown on the Chartlets in this Guide

1.2 Designated Shipping Areas

1.3 Main Shipping Routes

1.4 Reporting Measures

1.5 Requirement to Carry a Pilot

1.5.1 Pilotage and Regulations for Operating Cruise Ships in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP)

1.6 Underkeel Clearance Management (UKCM) System in the Torres Strait

1.6.1 ECDIS Safety Settings

1.6.2 Tidal Gauges in the Torres Strait

1.6.3 Controlling Depths and Route Choice

1.7 The Outer Route

1.8 Emergency Response Vessels

1.9 Australian Reef Pilots

1.10 Pilot Booking Procedure and Contact Details

1.10.1 Ship’s Conduct with the Pilot on Board

1.10.2 Pilot Boarding Grounds

1.10.3 Pilot Boarding Arrangements

1.11 Preparation for the Passage

1.11.1 Principles of Passage Planning

1.11.2 Passage Planning Guidance

1.11.3 Purpose of Passage Planning

1.11.4 Error Management

1.11.5 Preparations for Planning

1.11.6 Preparing the Plan

1.11.7 Preparing Paper Charts

1.11.8 Preparing ECDIS

1.11.9 Preparing or Amending Passage Notes

1.11.10 Queensland Coastal Passage Plan (QCPP)

1.11.11 Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Pre-Entry Bridge Team Meeting

1.11.12 Monitoring the Passage Plan

1.12 Charts and Nautical Publications

1.13 Tidal Streams and Currents

1.14 Winds

1.15 Tropical Cyclones

1.16 Oil and Garbage Record Books

1.17 Engine Room – Operation of Shaft Generator

1.18 Collisions between Ships and Marine Fauna

1.19 Marine Notices

IV

1.20 Groundings and Collisions in the GBRTS – Case Studies

1.20.1 Grounding of the ‘Atlantic Blue’ at Kirkcaldie Reef – February 2009

1.20.2 Grounding of the ‘Shen Neng 1’ on the Douglas Shoal – April 2010

1.20.3 Contact with Alert Patches Buoy by the ‘Navios Northern Star’ – March 2016

1.20.4 Near Grounding of the MV ‘Admiralty Spirit’ at Stagg Patches and Sudbury Reef – November 2016

1.21 Traffic Hotspots

1.21.1 Torres Strait, Varzin Channel, Eastbound Traffic Hotspot

1.21.2 Approaches to Gannet Passage Hotspot

1.21.3 Eastbound Transit through Herald and Alert Patches Hotspot

1.21.4 Sunk and Frederick Hotspot

1.21.5 Gubbins Reef and Hope Islands, Southbound Traffic Hotspot

1.21.6 Rounding Fitzroy Island Hotspot

1.21.7 Ferris Shoal to Bugatti Reef Hotspot

1.21.8 Hydrographers Passage, between Tern Islet and Scawfell Island, Northbound Traffic Hotspot

1.21.9 Approaches to Cairns/Yorkeys Knob Pilot Boarding Grounds Hotspot

1.21.10 North Channel, between Howick Island and Magaera Reef, Northbound Traffic Hotspot

1.21.11 Piper Island to Inset Reef, Northbound Traffic Hotspot

1.21.12 Clerke Island, Northbound Traffic Hotspot

1.21.13 Torres Strait, East Part, Westbound Traffic Hotspot

 

PART 2 – Passage Notes

 

Section 1 – Great North East Channel

Great North East Channel – NE-bound

Great North East Channel – SW-bound

 

Section 2 – Inner Route and South of Cairns

Inner Route – SE-bound

South of Cairns – Southbound

South of Cairns – Northbound

Inner Route – NW-bound

 

Section 3 – Hydrographers Passage

Hydrographers Passage – SW-bound

Hydrographers Passage – NE-bound

 

Section 4 – Whitsunday Passage

Whitsunday Passage

 

PART 3 – Annexes

Annex 1 – Pre-Entry Bridge Team Meeting GBR and TS

Annex 2 – Getting the Best from ENC in the GBR

Annex 3 – GBRMPA Approved Cruise Transit Corridors

Annex 4 – Reef VTS

Annex 5 – Ballast Water Management for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

The Great Barrier Reef is an area of global environmental and economic importance. As early as 1975, the Australian

Government recognised its significance by creating the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to regulate all activities that take place within the marine park. Its scientific, cultural and historic importance led to the Park being added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List in 1981, with the adjoining and connected Gondwana Tropical Rainforests added in 1986. The Park, and the adjoining area encompassing the Torres Strait up to the border with Papua New Guinea, was designated a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in 1990, which led to the introduction of compulsory pilotage the following year.

 

Consequently, passing through these areas can be a cause of concern for the mariner, particularly if the bridge team is unfamiliar with the region. Although the whole of the Torres Strait and Great Barrier Reef lies within the state of Queensland, regulation of activities within this area is covered by both state and federal legislation. The source information is not always easy to locate and interpret, particularly if the ship has not been able to obtain all the necessary documentation prior to departing the last port. This Guide contains the information the bridge team will need to properly prepare for the ship's transit through the area.

 

All the data contained within this Guide has been collated and validated by Australian Reef Pilots, drawing on their considerable experience in all areas of the Marine Park. It is also their approved familiarisation and training guide.

 

Australian Reef Pilots strongly recommend that this Guide is used, not only as part of the ship's pre-entry procedures, but also as a tool for familiarising and refreshing the bridge team each time the ship is planning a passage through the area. Its design, with pull-out chartlets, allows this Guide to be used in 'real time', giving the navigator the overview that can be lost with the introduction of ECDIS paperless ships.

Title: Passage Planning Guide: Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait (PPG - GBRTS 2019 Edition)
Edition: Third
Number of Pages: 352
Product Code: WS1562K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-818-2 (9781856098182), ISBN 10: 1-85609-818-4 (1856098184)
Published Date: July 2019
Weight: 2.20 kg

 

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