Considerations for passing through the Strait or S. of Hainan
Depending on the voyage undertaken, passing through the straits can reduce sailing distance significantly compared with sailing S. of Hainan. For example, a vessel sailing from a destination north of Hainan and west of Taiwan Banks (Qingdao, Ningbo, etc…), bound for a port in the upper part of Gulf of Tonkin (Fangcheng, Beihai, etc…) can realize savings of up to abt. 220nm by proceeding through the straits. Additionally, better weather conditions due to the sheltered waters in the strait can provide further benefits. Similarly, for a vessel approaching the GOT ports from the SE after passing through the Mindoro Strait, sailing through the Hainan Strait saves about 75nm compared to a route south of Hainan Island. Of course distance is not the only consideration when planning a vessel’s route. Operational concerns must also be considered; ultimately the decision about whether to proceed through the strait must be made on a case-by-case basis. A trusted and knowledgeable partner like True North Marine can assist charterers and owners with this decision by providing a case-specific analysis of each option taking into account the forecasted weather conditions.
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