A past review of the 6th edition of NP136 Ocean Passages for the World (2014) by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), included market research which heavily influenced the changes to the current edition of this publication (2018).
The overriding feedback from their market research at the time, for the 2018 edition, was that the mariner wanted a more graphical and tabular format with less text. This market research also included questions about content and tick-lists of what users would like to see remain in the book, as well as suggested new content. As a result, the three chapters on sailing routes, which were used by many small craft users to assist in their ocean passage planning etc., previously included in the 2014 edition, did not make the final cut!
UKHO are planning the 2nd editions of the new format NP136 and are currently carrying out a new survey, as part of their market research, to test the new format and gauge how it's been received in the marketplace. This will influence any refinements UKHO make and to explore ways of using the other information included in previous editions of NP136.
Both RIN members and non-members are encouraged to complete this latest survey as soon as possible to ensure that small craft users and others do not loose the sailing route information used for ocean passage planning purposes that was formally included.
The survey, which is being run by the UKHO, should only take about 5 minutes to complete and can be found at: