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    Re: Log keeping
    From: Greg Rudzinski
    Date: 2009 Jul 29, 16:35 -0700

    How are voyage abstracts or equivalent handled these days (key trip
    log information provided to the main office such as departures,
    arrivals, distance, bunkers, slip, overtime, cargo ops., etc.)? I
    would imagine its done by satellite comm. direct to the main office.
    Is there a radio officer? If not who gets stuck with the collateral
    comm. duties?
    On Jul 28, 11:39�pm, Anabasi...@aol.com wrote:
    > As an aside to this, "Taking departure" is still done this way on the �
    > merchant ships I've sailed on. �Departure is useful to begin the "passage" �from
    > which consumption and distances are computed and it is still relatively �
    > arbitrary. �They are still marked in both the log book and bell book as a �
    > distance (usually obtained by radar) and bearing (ditto) as well as a GPS Lat �
    > and Long.
    > Passage planning as a whole is very detailed these days. Generally a �
    > waypoint is marked as a departure point, but traffic and other considerations �
    > may make the actual point of departure quite different than the planned �
    > waypoint.
    > Voyage planning, chart and pub corrections, and execution of the �voyage
    > plan are the primary jobs of the navigator these days.
    > As far as plotting sheets are concerned, this has nothing to do with taking
    > �departure (or conversely arrival) in modern voyages. �We are usually well �
    > onto charts before arrival is actually taken, even from ocean passages. �
    > Recently, on this ship, we take arrival just shy of the pilot station, so we �
    > have been off of the plotting sheets for some hours. �A good example of �
    > this is my last arrival into Diego Garcia, which is an island in the middle of
    > �nowhere. �We hit the chart at 0420 and took arrival at about 0900. �I �had
    > first radar and then visual landfall by 0500.
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