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New passage planning tool from UKHO

UKHO has launched its new ADMIRALTY Passage Planner (APP), for use by bridge officers to create compliant passage plans with dynamically updated clearance and ETA calculations.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The tool is particularly aimed at the 15,000 handimax/tramper ships that make up 20 per cent of the global fleet, which are more likely to operate in small ports with length or draught restrictions.

UKHO says that, according to recent studies, some 64 per cent of ships trading internationally use a passage planning tool provided by their company, which is typically spreadsheet-based. This new tool aims to offer an improved alternative, supporting Port State Control and SMS requirements and calculating safe clearances based on the squat effect, as well as offering waypoint ETAs and required leg speeds within a plotted route.

APP also integrates ADMIRALTY TotalTide to allow users to automatically add tidal heights and times to squat calculations. Results are constantly checked against given parameters, highlighting any potential dangers that become obvious when the plan is created or changed.

Passage plans include a detailed summary of tidal predictions and ENC permit status for the planned passage, saved as a single compressed file for sharing with sister ships and shore. Plans are automatically updated and revalidated when dates, times and other key facts change, and can then be generated, viewed, saved and printed in PDF format.

“Clearance calculations are constantly validated against given parameters in the current passage plan, informing the user of any discrepancies,” said Danny Wells, product manager, UKHO.

“By integrating with other ADMIRALTY applications and having the ability to share routes with popular makes of ECDIS, the new ADMIRALTY Passage Planner will help bridge officers create their passage plan with increased speed, accuracy and compliance.”{/mprestriction}

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