Nautical Chart Updating – White Paper by OceanGrafix

Press Release
Monday, June 04, 2012

The paper highlights why waterways change and how chart updates are made

OceanGrafix, the exclusive provider of NOAA print-on-demand (POD) nautical charts for U.S. waters, announces the availability of “The Creation of Accurate, Precise Charts: Understanding U.S. Nautical Chart Updates and Their Distribution.” This new white paper highlights why nautical charts are so important to mariners—including recreational boaters—and explains how a mariner can easily access chart updates.

“Recreational boaters, unlike commercial mariners, are not required to carry nautical charts. But as more demands are put on our waterways, busy coasts mean more risk for accidents,” says Capt. John Lowell, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey. “By using charts that are current, people have a better chance of avoiding potential groundings and other accidents.”

Waterways are never stagnant—changes in depth, missing navigational lights, and new wrecks and obstructions are just some of the obstacles that are constantly changing. Many of these changes can’t be seen by the naked eye. While some argue that these changes are negligible, a 2010 U.S. Coast Guard report found grounding in recreational boating accidents resulted in 11 deaths and $3.3 million in damages.

Maintaining up-to-date electronic and paper charts is an easy way for boaters to stay safe on the water. As the paper points out, charting today is faster and more accurate for mapmakers with the advent of satellites, sonar, LIDAR, and GPS. Plus, boaters can take advantage of electronic chart updates and print-on-demand paper charts that incorporate the latest updates and notices from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The White Paper is available here.


Maritime Reporter September 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


Danelec Marine Expands in Brazil

Press release - Danelec Marine has announced that it is expanding its presence in Brazil by naming Telnav Telecomuniçacões Navais a Certified Service Center. With

Choi-Wan to hit SE Japan

Tropical Storm Choi-Wan, located near 21N/158E yesterday (4 October), is forecast to move WNW-NNW over the next days and intensify to a very large typhoon. A large area of HIGH to VERY HIGH sea,

DP World Plans Big for the Panama Canal

DP World is expanding its container terminal at Port of Caucedo following the expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate larger container ships, reports ASC.

Maritime Safety

USCG: Body Found in Search for Ship Sunk in Hurricane

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday said its crews had found a body and an empty, heavily damaged lifeboat in their search for the cargo ship El Faro, believed to have

Hunt for Missing El Faro Ship Enters 4th day, Hopes Fade

Search and rescue teams resumed scouring the seas on Monday for the missing cargo ship El Faro and it mostly American crew, after it was caught in the eye of Hurricane Joaquin four days ago, the U.

USCG: Missing Cargo Ship El Faro Believed to Have Sunk

The U.S. Coast Guard now believes that the missing cargo ship El Faro sank after sailing into the path of Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas, a spokesman said on Monday.

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1372 sec (7 req/sec)