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Death Knell for NOAA Traditional Paper Nautical Charts

Chartwork old-style: Photo courtesy of NOAA

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has announced major changes ahead for mariners and others who use nautical charts. Starting April 13, 2014, the federal government will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts .  NOAA will continue to provide other forms of nautical charts, including Print-on-Demand paper charts as well as electronic and digital formats. Since 1862, those lithographic nautical charts -- available in marine shops and other stores -- have been printed by the U.S. government and sold to the public by commercial vendors. The decision to stop production is based on several factors: the declining demand for lithographic charts, the increasing use of digital and electronic charts, and federal budget realities. “Like most other mariners, I grew up on NOAA lithographic charts and have used them for years,” said Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey. “We know that changing chart formats and availability will be a difficult change for some mariners who love their traditional paper charts.” “With the end of traditional paper charts, our primary concern continues to be making sure that boaters, fishing vessels, and commercial mariners have access to the most accurate, up-to-date nautical chart in a format that works well for them,” said Capt. Shep Smith, chief of Coast Survey’s Marine Chart Division


Online Chart Viewer from NOAA

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, surveys and charts U.S. waters, producing over 1,000 traditional nautical charts 3.4m sq. nautical miles. Carriage of NOAA charts is mandatory on the commercial ships that carry our commerce. They are used on every Navy and Coast Guard ship, fishing and passenger vessels. On July 4, NOAA introduced a new public service called the Online Chart Viewer. The Viewer lets mariners display any nautical chart in the national suite using only


Displaced features on nautical chart

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) issued a Hydrolant stating that, due to a production problem that caused displaced features, NIMA has determined that digital nautical chart CD15 (Gulf of Mexico/Straits of Florida) is not to be used for navigation or situational awareness. A NIMA review is in process to address this situation. (Source: HK Law)


New Edition of U.S. Chart No. 1 Available

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U.S. Chart No.1, Nautical Chart Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms, is an essential aid for new chart users and a useful reference for all mariners. The latest version, Edition 11, is now available for free download from the web.   The new edition updates the descriptions and depictions of the basic nautical chart elements and symbols used on nautical charts produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)


Chart Agent, ECS Provider, Move Office

The New Office: Photo credit Chartworld

ChartWorld & SevenCs have moved offices to the heart of Hamburg opposite the BSH (German Hydrographic Office). “As the companies are growing, we now have enough space to accommodate the team now and in the future. The new office and its location are a big step forward for us and will help us to ensure high quality products and services to our customers.” Jochen Rudolph, Managing Director, comments.


NOAA Updates Cobscook Bay Area Chart

Northern Maine vessels will be able to navigate more safely around the dangerous Cobscook Bay thanks to an updated version of the area's nautical chart issued by NOAA. The latest chart includes a new detailed illustration-called a "chart inset"-of the waters around Falls Island, providing safer passage for mariners who transit those waters.  While NOAA cartographers had updated Chart 13394 (Grand Manan Channel) over the past several years


Offshore Systems Awarded New Geomatics Contracts

Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI) announced that its nautical charting and land-mapping division, OSI Geomatics, has received new orders worth more than CDN$1,500,000. The group of orders span the end of the company's third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter. "Our data production division continues to make excellent progress," said John Jacobson, OSI's President and CEO, "and we're pleased with its growing contribution to OSI's overall business


NOAA Fairweather Updates Arctic Charts

As Arctic ice recedes, countries are looking forward to faster, safer and more efficient sea routes across the top of the world. Responding to a request from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Maritime Pilots and the commercial shipping industry, NOAA sent one of its premier surveying vessels, NOAA Ship Fairweather, to detect navigational dangers in critical Arctic waters that have not been charted for more than 50 years.


NOAA Finalizes Plans for 2011 Survey Season

As the new year approaches, NOAA ships and independent contractors are preparing for the nation’s 177th hydrographic surveying season, aiming to collect critically needed ocean and coastal mapping data for 2,525 square nautical miles in high-traffic coastal waters of the continental United States and Alaska.   “The science of these surveys underpins the steady flow of commerce and the safety of mariners and coastal communities,” said NOAA Corps Capt. John E


NOAA’s Newest Chart to Support Puerto Rico Maritime Economy

The Port of San Juan, which is experiencing a tremendous growth of maritime traffic and planning for more, received an additional economic boost today when NOAA debuted a new nautical chart that will make ocean-going vessel traffic safer and more efficient through San Juan Bay and the port area.  “There is not only more traffic, but larger vessels are making San Juan their port call,” said Capt. John Lowell, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey


Fennica Grounding Caused by Inaccurate Charts

Fennica (File photo: Arctia Shipping)

The July 2015 grounding of icebreaker Fennica near Dutch Harbor, Alaska was found to be caused by inaccuracy of nautical charts in the area, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Report of Investigation (ROI). The Finnish multipurpose icebreaker, owned by Arctia Offshore


Navionics+Regions Available in New Areas

New Navionics+Regions Image Navionics

Navionics, the leader in content and location-based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, announced today the release of Navionics+ Regions in five coverage areas throughout the U.S. and Canada. At the affordable price of $149 per region


MN100: Baker, Lyman & Co., Inc.

Corinne Titus (Photo: Baker, Lyman & Co., Inc.)

The Company: A wheelhouse favorite for generations, Baker, Lyman & Co. is the oldest NOAA & Admiralty Chart Agent in the United States. Baker Lyman has been provisioning vessels with nautical charts, electronic charting systems, publications, safety/educational materials


e-Navigation Underway (North America) 2016

San Jacinto College campus

e-Navigation and the Gulf Area: meeting information needs where blue water, brown water and port facilities interact   San Jacinto College and the Seamen’s Church Institute will host e-Navigation Underway (North America) 2016, the third in the annual North American series of


McMurdo Introduces Real-time Fleet Management

Photo: McMurdo

McMurdo  has announced PRISMA Connect, a web-based integrated fleet management system that connects ship to shore in real-time for improved communication and operational efficiencies, as well as increased crew productivity with two-way messaging and electronic forms capture.


New Radar Interface for Rose Point ECS

Image: Rose Point Navigation Systems

Rose Point Navigation Systems announces the launch of its new Commercial Radar Interface, delivering a solution for interfacing marine radars with Rose Point ECS.   The design of the Commercial Radar Interface uses an all-digital interface for data transfer that ensures a high level of


MN 100: Baker, Lyman & Co., Inc.

President/CEO: Corinne Titus

The Company: A wheelhouse favorite for generations, Baker, Lyman & Co. is the oldest NOAA & Admiralty Chart Agent in the United States. New Orleans-based Baker Lyman has been provisioning vessels with nautical charts, electronic charting systems, publications, safety/educational materials


Willard to Build 3 Survey Ships for NOAA

Image: Willard Marine

NOAA awards shipbuilding contract to Willard Marine for the construction of three aluminum survey vessels   Willard Marine informs it was awarded a contract to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with three aluminum hydrographic survey launch ships (HSLs).


Chart Tile Service to Aid Charts Update

NOAA Coast Survey gives commercial navigation systems better tool to receive updated nautical charts.    Accessing up-to-date nautical charts on electronic systems and mobile apps is about to get easier, as developers start adopting NOAA Coast Survey's new Chart Tile Service prototype


Yukon River Charts Produced with Satellite Images

This screenshot shows the western entrance to the Yukon River on ENC US4AK98M. The dotted lines show approximate shoal areas (Photo: NOAA)

Coast Survey has issued provisional charts for barge operators and others traversing Alaska's challenging Yukon River, relying solely on satellite images to create the electronic navigational charts that only display shoreline and shoals (shallow areas)


Vessel Sinks in Atlantic Entrance to Panama Canal

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The M/V ALITA. IMO 8503814 (174.10 meters LOA x 15,85 meters in beam) has been reported sunk at the following approximate position: Latitude 09 deg. 23.87’N and Longitude 079 deg. 55.75’W, which is about 0.7 nautical miles and 325 deg. from the West Breakwater Light.


UK, Singapore Partner for Navigation Training

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have announced a new bursary training scheme in Marine Cartography and Data Assessment. Organized jointly by the UKHO and MPA over a five-week period from April 18


China to Use Arctic Shipping Route

Image: Chinas Maritime Safety Administration

 China plans to make use of Arctic sea route for its shipping to shorten the distance by 30 per cent compared to the ocean passages traditionally used to connect the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans through Panama Canal.    


China Issues Guidance on Arctic Navigation

(Photo: Maritime Safety Administration of the Peoples Republic of China)

On April 5, China issued “Guidances on Arctic navigation in the Northwest route 2015”, which provides navigation information services for international navigation ships planned navigating in Arctic waters.   The Northwest Passage


Ship Simulator Installed at City of Glasgow College

Photo: Transas

Transas has completed the installation of Scotland's most advanced integrated ship simulator suite in the City of Glasgow College, the country's largest college. The simulation solution from Transas forms a core part of the new Riverside Campus






 
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