Where can information be found about traffic separation schemes?

Admiralty charts contain relevant information or a recommendation to consult Admiralty Sailing Directions for details. 

Notice No. 17 in the Annual Summary of Notices to Mariners includes a complete list of all traffic separation schemes – both adopted and unadopted. Ships’ Routeing contains full details of all IMO- adopted traffic separation schemes and how to use them. The Mariner’s Handbook includes general information on routeing. Admiralty Sailing Directions (“pilot books”) mention all traffic separation schemes shown on charts covered by the book, stating whether or not a scheme has been adopted. If not adopted, the regulations governing the scheme’s use are stated. Admiralty Mariners’ Routeing Guide Charts, e. g. Chart 5500: English Channel and Southern North Sea, are recommended as an additional reference for ships in certain waters.


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