Sailing Directions, both "Planning" and "Enroute" guides, are published by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) under the authority of the Department of Defense. These are best thought of as Coast Pilots for non-U.S. waters.
Planning Guides are intended to assist mariners in planning ocean passages within a particular ocean basin. Each of the (5) Planning Guides typically represent one of the world’s ocean basins or continents with the Atlantic Ocean being split between (2) volumes.
Additionally they provide information on individual countries whose borders are adjacent to that ocean basin. Information about electronic navigation systems, recommended routes, traffic separation schemes, pilotage requirements, vessel traffic services (VTS), buoyage systems, prohibited areas, weather, currency, government, holidays, industries, languages, territorial waters, restricted areas, time zones, US Embassies and other pertinent subjects and dangers.
This guide is used in conjunction with Sailing Directions (Enroute) Pub. #’s 125, 126, 127, 153, 154, 155, 157, 158, 159, 161, 162, 163, and 164.
Sailing Directions Pacific Ocean & S.E. Asia (2018) - Download.
This guide is used in conjunction with Sailing Directions (Enroute) Pub. #’s 131, 132, 141, 142, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 191, 192, 193, 194, and 195.
Sailing Directions N. Atlantic Ocean, Baltic, North & Mediterranean Seas (2019) - Download.
This guide is used in conjunction with Sailing Directions (Enroute) Pub. #’s 124, 123, 171, 172, 173, 174, and 175.
Sailing Directions S. Atlantic & Indian Oceans (2019) - Download.
This guide is used in conjunction with Sailing Directions (Enroute) Pub. #’s 181, 182, and 183.
Sailing Directions Arctic Ocean (2020) - Download.
(Updated) 21 August 2021.
Sailing Directions Antarctica (2020) - Download.
(Updated) 25 September 2021.
Enroute Guides are currently published in (37) volumes and provide detailed coastal and port approach information covering non-U.S. harbors, coasts, and adjacent waters and which supplements the largest scale chart produced by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for that area.
Each Enroute publication is divided into geographic areas called sectors. Each sector includes detailed information about the coastal winds, currents, ice, dangers, geographic features and ports, channel descriptions, anchorages, facilities, and a graphic key to the nautical charts available for the sector. Basically, Sailing Directions (Enroute) provide important information for the navigator which cannot be conveniently shown on a chart.
Pub. #123 - SW Coast of Africa-2021
Pub. #124 - E Coast S America-2017
Pub. #125 - W Coast S America-2017
Pub. #126 - Pacific Islands-2017
Pub. #127 - E Coast of Australia - New Zealand-2017
Pub. #131 - W. Mediterranean-2017
Pub. #132 - E. Mediterranean-2020
Pub. #141 - Scotland-2018
Pub. #142 - Ireland-W Coast England-2018
Pub. #143 - W Coast Europe-NW Africa-2017
Pub. #145 - Nova Scotia-St Lawerence-2018
Pub. #146 - Newfoundland-Labrador-Hudson Bay-2021
(New Edition) August 2021.
Pub. #147 - Caribbean Sea V I-2018
Pub. #148 - Caribbean Sea V II-2017
Pub. #153 - W. Coast Mexico & Central America-2021
Pub. #154 - British Columbia-2017
Pub. #155 - East Coast of Russia-2017
Pub. #157 - Korea & China-2018
Pub. #158 - Japan V I-2017
Pub. #159 - Japan V II-2017
Pub. #161 - China Sea/Gulf of Thailand-2020
Pub. #162 - Philippine Islands-2017
Pub. #163 - Borneo, Jawa, Sulawesi, & Tenggara-2018
Pub. #164 - New Guinea-2020
Pub. #171 - E. Africa & South Indian Ocean-2020
(Updated!) Corrected to 28 August 2021.
Pub. #172 - Red Sea & Persian Gulf-2020
Pub. #173 - India & Bay of Bengal-2017
Pub. #174 - Strait of Malacca & Sumatera-2019
Pub. #175 - N, S, & W Coasts of Australia-2017
Pub. #181 - Greenland and Iceland-2021
Pub. #182 - N and W Coasts of Norway-2018
Pub. #183 - North Coast of Russia-2017
Pub. #191 - English Channel-2017
Pub. #192 - North Sea-2017
Pub. #193 - Skaggerak-Kattegat-2020
(Updated!) Corrected to 25 September 2021.
Pub. #194 - Baltic Sea Southern Part-2019
Pub. #195 - Gulf of Finland & Gulf of Bothnia-2021