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ADMIRALTY Port Approach Guides

Planning information on a single chart to support port entry and exit

ADMIRALTY Port Approach Guides

ADMIRALTY Port Approach Guides are single, port-scale charts that contain a wide range of planning information for some of the world's busiest approaches. Taken from existing ADMIRALTY charts and publications, this information can help to simplify a number of passage planning tasks and support Master Pilot Exchange (MPX).

Key features of Port Approach Guides include:

  • ​​​Planning information for individual ports including principal lights and landmarks, pilotage and port specific warnings. Displayed on one chart, this information can help users to simplify the planning of port entry and exit.​​

  • International Code of Signals (ICS) flags help bridge officers quickly identify warnings and current notices for specific ports, increasing situational awareness and supporting safe navigation.


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Up-to-date information

Any changes to port areas are brought to the mariners attention by ADMIRALTY Preliminary Notices to Mariners (PNMs).

PNMs can also be downloaded for free from our website, or can be found in the Notices to Mariners paper bulletin.

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Available around the world

We distribute our products through a global network of experienced and trusted ADMIRALTY Distributors. If you are interested in finding out more about ADMIRALTY Port Approach Guides, please contact your preferred Distributor or visit the find a Distributor page to locate your closest distributor.

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​Extra information to aid planning

Each Port Approach Guide displays a range of planning information for a specific approach. This additional planning information may include contact details and harbour regulations, Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) information, principal lights and landmarks, specific warnings, tide and climate information, anchorages and prohibited areas, dangerous cargo, pilotage, berth information and port services.  Clearly displayed on one chart, this information can help to save bridge officers time during passage planning and Master Pilot Exchange (MPX). It can also help to make the planning of port navigation quicker and easier. 



 Want to see our Port Approach Guides in use? Our product demonstration film gives you a visual overview of the product's key features


Quick reference

International Code of Signals (ICS) flags link text panels to chart features to help bridge officers identify warnings and notices for the area they plan to sail, improving situational awareness. 


Familiarity and reassurance

All charts display widely used and instantly recognisable features and symbols, giving bridge officers clarity and reassurance during times of peak workload and pressure.​



Each Port Approach Guide contains official planning information taken from our portfolio of ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions



Each ADMIRALTY Port Approach Guide has a recommended retail price of £33.30. A full list of Port Approach Guides, their coverage and scales can be viewed in the Catalogue of ADMIRALTY Charts and Publications (NP131). A list of Port Approach Guide coverage can be found in the ADMIRALTY Catalogue NP131.


Ordering Port Approach Guides

We sell ADMIRALTY Port Approach Guides through a network of experienced and trusted distributors. Please contact your ADMIRALTY Distributor to discuss the right package of charts for you and pricing.

​​If you don’t have a preferred distributor, then you can search a list of worldwide ADMIRALTY Distributors on our find an ADMIRALTY Distributor page.

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Available through Print on Demand (POD)

POD allows our ADMIRALTY Distributors to print ADMIRALTY Port Approach Guides on site and fulfil your ship's urgent orders in the quickest time possible.

You can find out which ADMIRALTY Distributors offer POD on our How to Buy  page. 

The ADMIRALTY Digital Catalogue (ADC) can also provide you with a comprehensive reference of all ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions. To find out more about the ADC, please click here.