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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 hotspots 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).