Is Voyage Passage Planning getting out of hand? As it is regularly being practiced today, it really is a very long winded procedure and I am convinced that this is inappropriate. Of course such planning is a traditional procedure. When I started my career, as a deck apprentice in 1955, passage planning was a standard procedure.

At that time, it was just a matter of writing down and recording the arrival and departure points of each passage with the positions of the alter course positions and the courses and distances between them with the totals of the accumulated distance and distance to go at every alter course position.

Preparing the plan was labourious as we did it all by logarithms. Thus a long great circle ocean passage – a common feature of our routine – was a work involving hours rather than minutes owing to all the calculations it involved.

Full article, ELNAVI, December 2011, Issue 456, Page. 106

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