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Passage Planning Guide: Malacca & Singapore Straits, 2013 Edition

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Passage Planning Guide: Malacca & Singapore Straits, 2013 Edition

This 2013 edition of the Passage Planning Guide, Malacca and Singapore Straits has been extensively revised, attractively redesigned and fully updated to incorporate new guidance and practical advice for ships transiting the area. Based on the experience of shipmasters transiting the Straits, navigators will benefit from the clear and logical advice and intuitive format which complements traditional passage planning techniques and modern electronic chart navigation. 


This publication is for the guidance of Shipmasters and navigating officers transiting the Malacca and Singapore Straits.The grounding of the Japanese VLCC, ‘Showa Maru’ in January 1975, off Buffalo Rock in the Straits of Singapore, spilling crude oil into the surrounding waters, spurred on the establishment of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Malacca and Singapore Straits.

Since the first edition of this guide was published in 1998, concern among the coastal States, major cargo importers, ship owners and Shipmasters over navigational safety in the Straits has continued. The Straits remain one of the busiest and most congested seaways in the world and the carriage of cargoes in this region increases year on year.

For the preparation of the first edition of this guide, and with the goal of improving safety in the Straits, SIGTTO as original authors met with Shipmasters familiar with the area, experienced shore-based personnel and knowledgeable personnel from a number of marine organisations. The interest and participation of all continues today, intensified by regional concerns.

During the development of the second edition, it was observed that the discussions regarding problems in the Straits were applicable to all classes of ship and so it was agreed that SIGTTO allow Witherby Publishing Group to publish subsequent editions of this guide for the benefit of all classes of ships and not to focus it on just gas carriers, as had been the case with the first edition.