About the Queensland coastal passage plan
The Queensland coastal passage plan (QCPP) seeks to improve pre-pilotage communications between coastal pilotage providers, the vessels they service, and the appointed coastal pilots.
The QCPP improves the readiness of ships transiting coastal pilotage areas within the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait by ensuring voyage plans, waypoints and other planning considerations have been completed in a standardised manner.
The QCPP seeks consistency by ensuring ships arrive at the pilot boarding ground (PBG) in a state that is:
- well informed.
In doing so, the pilot can embark with confidence at the starting position for the pilotage.
Masters are encouraged to keep a copy of the QCPP on the bridge for quick reference and ensure it is available for the initial Master/Pilot exchange.
The QCPP has been developed primarily for the benefit of Masters and mates of vessels transiting any of the coastal pilotage areas, including:
- Torres Strait
- the Great North East Channel
- the Inner Route of the Great Barrier Reef
- Hydrographers Passage.
Vessel owners, charterers, and agents may also find the document useful.
We strongly encourage all Masters transiting any of these coastal pilotage areas to consider the information contained within the QCPP when preparing associated passage plans.