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Sea Floor Surveys Support Texas Maritime Trade

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This winter, NOAA will begin a year-long survey of the sea floor in the Port of Houston and Galveston Bay navigational areas, to aid efforts to bring more trade, more cargo, more jobs, and more economic benefits to the Houston area. The navigation survey team arrived in Galveston this week, to begin pre-survey preparations with mariners and federal partners. "With bigger ships, crowded sea lanes, and more uses of ocean areas, shipping today is increasingly a task of precision and accuracy," explained NOAA Corps Cmdr. Todd Haupt, chief of the Office of Coast Survey's Navigation Response Branch. "Hurricanes can change the shape of the ocean floor and move underwater debris, which can cause problems for mariners. NOAA's navigation team will conduct hydrographic surveys to search for changes caused by Hurricanes Ike and Rita as well as other strong storms."   "Pilots need precise and up-to-date depth measurements as they navigate, and our task is to re-measure the ocean depths, search for dangers to navigation, and give mariners the information they need to protect lives and increase shipping efficiencies." The survey project, part of NOAA's mapping and charting mission, is managed by NOAA's Office of Coast Survey, which produces and maintains the nation's navigational charts


Australian Electronic Chart Service Launched

On the recent UN World Hydrography Day the Hydrographer of Australia announced enlarged ENC coverage & a new AusENC service AMSA's Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mick Kinley, was a guest of honour at a celebration held at the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong on Thursday 21 June to celebrate United Nations World Hydrography Day. Commodore Rod Nairn AM, RAN (Hydrographer of Australia) used the event to mark Australia's achievement of Electronic Navigational Chart


Nautical Chart Updated for Charleston Harbor

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The new nautical chart 11525 extends eastward, to cover an additional pilot boarding area for vessels headed to the Charleston Harbor. Ships entering the Port of Charleston will have a new and improved nautical chart that covers a larger area to ensure safer navigational approaches into the harbor. Available on the 4th of July, new chart 11525 (Charleston Harbor Entrance and Approach) replaces the old chart 11523 (Charleston Harbor Entrance)


NOAA Updates New York Harbor Charts Post-Sandy

A NOAA Coast Survey team collected post-Sandy depth measurements in New York Harbor last spring

Ships, barges, ferries, and recreational boats in the busy New York Harbor will be able to navigate more safely thanks to an updated version of the harbor’s nautical chart recently issued by NOAA that includes data gathered in the navigational response to the damage caused by Sandy in October 2012. The latest edition of Chart 12334 – New York Harbor includes new depth measurements and shoreline depictions.


Admiralty Provides New ENC Coverage of Vietnam

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced new ENC (Electronic Navigational Chart) coverage of a key shipping route in Vietnam, providing greater navigational detail of the region. The three new ENCs cover the ports and approaches to Vung Tau, which includes the main container port of Cai Mep, and are only available through the Admiralty Vector Chart Service.   The new ENCs have been produced in response to increasing demand from shipping companies for fully


Norwegian Hydrographic Joins With C-Map

The Norwegian Hydrographic Service has signed a contract with C-Map Norway for electronic navigational charts (ENC) and production of paper nautical charts. This long-term plan, which aims to cover the Norwegian coast with modern sea charts by 2006, will be accomplished with data and databases coming from Norwegian Hydrographic Services so that C-Map can produce S57 Edition 3 data, ENC S57 data as outlined in the ENC product specification and data for paper chart production


NOAA to Deliver More Charts, Faster

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Revolutionary Change in NOAA Nautical Chart Production Means More Products, Faster, for Maritime Use.     NOAA's development of a new navigational chart processing system, designed to meet the changing needs of the maritime community, moves into initial limited production on September 21. The new system, which slims down the current map production process while it beefs up performance, represents a technological leap forward in creating the navigational charts used to speed ships


New Practices Will Lead to Safer Passage in Arctic Waters

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Highlighting the need for safer navigation in Canada’s Arctic, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its report into the August 2010 grounding of the cruise ship, Clipper Adventurer in Coronation Gulf, Nunavut (M10H0006).   "Our investigation determined there were problems with the vessel’s voyage planning but we also found that key safety information was not being proactively provided to vessels transiting the Arctic


ECDIS Manufacturers the Target for New Radar Kit

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Cambridge Pixel introduces tool-kit SPx-ECDis modules for Window-based Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems (ECDIS) Cambridge Pixel,  a developer of sensor processing and display solutions, has introduced its SPx-ECDIS radar kit. The new toolkit will allow systems integrators building Windows-based Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) for commercial ships to add radar interfacing, scan conversion, chart display, target tracking


NOAA Receives Funding For Electronic Charts

Congress has appointed money for the National and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) to dramatically increase its survey and charting program. Under the Appropriations bill, NOAA’s navigation services will receive $120.2 million for Fiscal Year 2001, representing a total increase of $24 million over Fiscal Year 2001. The increased funding is in part due to the hard work of a coalition of maritime interests including AWO. A section of the bill which specifically drew focused attention from AWO and


NOAA to Boost Arctic Nautical Charting

NOAA officers aboard one of the smaller survey vessels contemplate the vastness of the Chukchi Sea during the NOAA Ship Fairweathers reconnaissance survey in 2013. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA plans increased 2015 Arctic nautical charting operations, coordinating with U.S. Coast Guard for safe shipping route from Unimark Pass through Bering Strait    As commercial shipping traffic increases in the Arctic, NOAA informs it is taking steps to update nautical charts in the


Volvo Ocean Race Crash Raises Questions on Standards

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 The report on the Team Vestas Wind crash occurred on November 29 in the second leg between Cape Town and Abu Dhabi has recommended an overhaul of navigational charting in offshore racing to prevent a similar incident in the future.  


Navionics Debuts SonarCharts

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Navionics, the leader in location-based content for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, announced today the release of a new SonarCharts chart card for use with several Garmin GPS chartplotters. Featuring extraordinary bottom contour detail of up to 1 foot in the US and Canada


Navigational Charts App Debuts at Ocean Business

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An independent consultancy and software development company will launch a new web and PC based navigational charting app at Ocean Business 2015.   Norcom Technology Limited said its eChart software combines up to date information from different sources including wreck, cable


UKHO Launches New H-Note App

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The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has unveiled a new digital application that enables mariners to submit hydrographic data directly to the UKHO using their mobile device. The ADMIRALTY H-Note App is a free digital version of the UKHO’s Hydrographic Note and will allow important


GNS Launches Free E-Navigation Solutions

At SMM in Hamburg, Germany this week, Global Navigation Solutions (GNS), the maritime services group announces the launch of (i) its new free Essentials package, as well as (ii) an upgrade to the Voyager Planning Station dashboard, and (iii) a new bundle purchasing option. Essentials Package


Expanded Kelvin Hughes Product Range on Display

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Kelvin Hughes is launching and demonstrating a host of new products and services at SMM 2014, including a port security radar system, specialist mission radome radar and displays, Voyage Data Recorders and the latest version of ChartCo PassageManager software.


GNS Launches First Vessel Management System

At SMM in Hamburg, Germany this week, Global Navigation Solutions (GNS), the maritime services group, is launching its Vessel Management Service (VMS), the first integrated management system for total navigation compliance, to give shore-based ship managers more control of navigation compliance


Two-way Route in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait

Two-way route in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait

  The IMO-adopted ship routeing measure to enhance the safety and efficiency of navigation and protect the region’s sensitive marine environment will come into effect at 0000 UTC on 1st December 2014. The two-way route aims to reduce the risk of collisions and groundings by


Northrop Grumman Enhances VMFT Software

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Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that its latest VisionMaster FT (VMFT) software now includes ADMIRALTY Information Overlay (AIO) as an integral element of its Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) based navigation system making additional chart information available to


Faulty Charts Lead to Port Detentions

A recent analysis of Australian port state control (PSC) deficiencies revealed several detentions due to incorrect use of charts. The Australian Maritime Safety Agency (AMSA) has reported a noticeable increase in the use of unofficial charts


ChartWorld Extends Portfolio to Support GIS Customers

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ChartWorld now offers OceanWise Marine Themes dataset that combines the fragmented features of traditional nautical charting merged into an almost seamless marine map. The data is more beneficial and overcomes the irregular coverage and multi scale levels of traditional charting products.


Coast Survey Improves Access to Wrecks Data

Coast Survey’s wrecks and obstructions database provides info on thousands of wrecks.

Knowing the locations of shipwrecks and other obstructions has always been important for safe navigation ‒ but mariners are not the only people who want to know about wrecks. They are also important for marine archeology, recreational diving, salvage operations, and fishing, among other interests


Fugro Signs Multiyear US Government Contract

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Fugro is one of eight firms recently awarded a five-year hydrographic survey contract by the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Task orders under this indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract will support development of updated navigational


Ship Detained for Inadequate Voyage Planning

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal last week affirmed the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) detention of a Liberian flagged vessel SCF Yenisei, in Queensland in October 2013. The manager of the vessel sought to have the detention of the vessel downgraded at the tribunal






 
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