Manoeuvring is one of the critical aspects of any vessel. It is defined as the capability of a ship to change its course or heading from its previous trajectory. Any ship must be able to turn or change its directional sense as and when required. The requirements can be:
- Changing its course or heading from time to time.
- Changing its direction of voyage or route due to weather, uncongenial sea conditions, or internal reasons about the ship itself
- Maintaining a desired course or trajectory.