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Briefing Paper for OCIMF Member Companies on Guidelines for Transiting the Straits of Magellan including Commentary on Passages around Cape Horn, 2nd Edition


Year: 2010
Language: english
Author: OCIMF
Genre: Guide
Format: PDF
Quality: Unknown
Pages count: 17
Description: There are two navigable routeing options available for vessels bound between the South Atlantic Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean transiting round the southern coast of South America. The first route is an offshore passage taking vessels south of and around Cape Horn. The second route is through the Strait of Magellan. Each route has its own hazards.
The Strait of Magellan extends over 310 miles between the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean. The whole zone is under the control of the Maritime Governor at Punta Arenas, assisted by Port Captains in Punta Arenas, Porvenir, Punta Delgada, Puerto Natales and Puerto Eden. There are three commercial ports and four oil and gas terminals in the zone, as well as numerous small coves and landing stages for the regional traffic.
It is generally accepted that a vessel using the Strait of Magellan will save time and money on the voyage but it should be noted that this transit does introduce hazards not normally encountered in ocean routes. A risk assessment should be conducted to consider the fundamental issues surrounding safe navigation of both the offshore and inshore passages, and safeguards put in place to control the risks.

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