34 - Safe navigation and avoidance of dangerous situations
planning is required on all vessels which go to sea.
to ensure plan is drawn up.
of factors to take into account.
to proceeding to sea, the master shall ensure that the intended
voyage has been planned using the appropriate nautical charts
and nautical publications for the area concerned, taking into
account the guidelines and recommendations developed by the
voyage plan shall identify a route which:
into account any relevant ships' routeing systems
sufficient sea room for the safe passage of the ship
throughout the voyage
all known navigational hazards and adverse weather conditions;
into account the marine environmental protection measures
that apply, and avoids, as far as possible, actions
and activities which could cause damage to the environment
to the Guidelines for Voyage Planning, adopted by the Organization
by Resolution A.893(21)
34 applies to all ships which proceed to sea.
Regulation requires the voyage to be planned in accordance
with the IMO Guidelines for Voyage Planning - Resolution
A.893(21) (issued as SN/Circ.92) The Regulation authorises
the Master to take voyage planning decisions for safety or
is important to note that Regulation 34 makes a properly prepared
voyage plan mandatory and the plan is liable to be checked
during port State control inspections.
vessels and pleasure craft - Regulation 34 applies to all
vessels. For small vessels and pleasure-craft the degree of
voyage planning will be depend upon the size of vessel, its
crew and the length of the voyage. The MCA expects all mariners
to make a careful assessment of any proposed voyage taking
into account all dangers to navigation, weather forecasts,
tidal predictions and other relevant factors including the
competence of the crew.
also Regulation 34.1 Master's
paragraph originally in this Regulation covering Master's
Discretion was redrafted as (new) Regulation 34.1. The change
came into force on 1 July 2006.]
24 - Voyage Planning: MCA Guidance Notes
25 - Voyage Planning: IMO Resolution A.893