China-Jiangsu and Shanghai MSA Jointly Published the Public Routes and Anchorages along the Coast of Nantong

15 March 2024 No.1263

In order to regulate the ship navigation order along the coast of Nantong and to improve navigation efficiency and safety, Jiangsu and Shanghai MSA jointly issued a Notice on 4 February 2024 on the announcement of the public routes and anchorages along the coast of Nantong.


We have obtained information on the geographic coordinates, recommended navigation routes and safety suggestions by Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd. For details, please find attached their circular.


The sketch map of the public routes along the coast of Nantong



Brief Explanation of the Public Routes along the Coast of Nantong by MSA


  1. In any case, the public route is only used as the recommended passage for ships navigating in the coastal waters of Nantong, and is for the reference of ship navigation personnel only. It does not exempt ship navigation personnel from their responsibility for the safe navigation of the ship.

  3. The direction of the turning point on the center line described in the Notice is for the purpose of indicating the route position and direction only, and is not the route and course that recommended for ships to use. It is recommended that ships navigate as close to the right side of the center line as possible.

  5. The route width is the theoretical width. Due to limitations such as natural environment and navigation conditions, the width of a route is limited to the actual width of the navigable waters.

  7. The ship shall reasonably formulate her passage plan according to her characteristics and the real environment of the sea area through which she is navigating, and with reference to the latest nautical charts and publications.

  9. The ships shall strictly comply with the COLREGS, 1972 and the relevant provisions published by the competent authority. When a ship is navigating within the route, attention should be paid to the change of the sounding depth to prevent the ship from grounding accidents. The ship shall navigate with extreme caution when entering, leaving or crossing the route, passing through the dense traffic waters or the intersection waters of the route.

  11. To ensure smooth navigation and prevent collisions and other maritime traffic accidents, ships should avoid mooring, anchoring or operating (including fishing operations) in the waters of the route as much as possible.