The Assembly,
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The Assembly,

 RECALLING Article 15(j) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Assembly in relation to regulations and guidelines concerning maritime safety and the prevention and control of marine pollution from ships,

 RECALLING ALSO section A-VIII/2, Part 2 (Voyage planning) of the Seafarers' Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code,

 RECALLING FURTHER the essential requirements contained in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers and the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea concerning voyage planning, including those relating to officers and crew, shipborne equipment, and safety management systems,

 RECOGNIZING the essential importance for safety of life at sea, safety of navigation and protection of the marine environment of a well planned voyage, and therefore the need to update the 1978 Guidance on voyage planning issued as SN/Circ.92,

 NOTING the request of the Assembly in resolution A.790(19) that the Maritime Safety Committee consider the issue of voyage planning in conjunction with its review of the Code for the Safe Carriage of Irradiated Nuclear Fuel, Plutonium and High-Level Radioactive Wastes in Flasks on Board Ships (INF Code), and the Committee's decision that consideration of the issue of voyage planning should not be restricted to vessels carrying materials subject to the INF Code but should apply to all ships engaged on international voyages,

 HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendation made by the Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigation at its forty-fifth session:

  1 ADOPTS the Guidelines for voyage planning set out in the Annex to the present resolution;

  2 INVITES Governments to bring the annexed Guidelines to the attention of masters of vessels flying their countries' flag, shipowners, ship operators, shipping companies, maritime pilots, training institutions and all other parties concerned, for information and action as appropriate;

  3 REQUESTS the Maritime Safety Committee to keep the said Guidelines under review and to amend them as appropriate.

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