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NOAA Offers Free Navigational Charts on Web

Mariners can now get free electronic downloads of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Raster Navigational Charts or RNCs. NOAA will produce official raster charts and deliver weekly updates with Notice to Mariners—notices containing changes in local navigational information. The NOAA Web site will contain a fully updated raster chart for each chart in NOAA's suite. A cumulative file of updates with Notice to Mariner information for each chart edition will be posted on the Web site. NOAA will distribute the free raster charts and updates the same way it distributes NOAA electronic navigational charts online. The NOAA Coast Survey anticipates establishing a program where commercial value-added providers may download the raster charts for free, compress, encrypt, and/or package them with additional data or services, and then may sell that product. By adhering to a set of NOAA-specified practices, these raster charts will retain their official status and their original high quality and accuracy. No date has been set by which the value-added redistributors program will be in place. NOAA also plans to make the raster charts available on the Web site in an easy-to-view format for non-navigational purposes, such as port security and management, marine boundary delineation, coastal zone management, and environmental assessment and spill response.


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


UKHO Launches New Routing Charts

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The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is launching a new large-scale routing chart covering the busy shipping waters of Vietnam, Indonesia and the Malacca Strait. Routing Chart 5141 is the latest addition to the UKHO's routing chart series and will be published on February 27, 2014. As well as covering a very busy shipping area, Routing Chart 5141 has been compiled in a larger scale than the UKHO's existing routing charts and features more detailed and up-to-date meteorological and


NOAA Raster Charts Available Online

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is making available online its Raster Nautical Charts (RNC). These charts are geo-referenced, full-color images of NOAA’s paper nautical charts, published by NOAA in the .BSB format. NOAA updates the RNC for Notices to Mariners on a weekly basis. They are an official product of NOAA and meet the S-61 Standard – Raster Navigational Charts – of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO).


New Mini-IENC To Provide Specialized Navigation

The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) and the Crescent River Port Pilots Association (CRPPA) have announced the partnering efforts of the Crescent River Port Pilots and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District (USACE-MVN) to develop and produce the innovative Mini-Inland Electronic Navigational Chart, dubbed Mini-IENC. The Mini-IENC provides essential, special vertical and horizontal navigation clearance information to the CRPPA while piloting the


Drunken Freighter Captain Gets 14 Days

According to a Nov. 4 report from CBC News, the captain of a South Korean freighter has been sentenced to 14 days in a U.S. jail for commanding a vessel through the Juan de Fuca Strait at the south end of Vancouver Island while drunk and without any navigational charts. (Source: CBC News)


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.


NOAA: End of Traditional Paper Nautical Charts

Most mariners now use Print-on-Demand nautical charts that are up-to-date to the moment of printing. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, which creates and maintains the nation’s suite of over a thousand nautical charts of U.S. coastal waters, announced major changes ahead for mariners and others who use nautical charts. Starting April 13, the federal government will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts, but will continue to provide other forms of nautical charts, including print on demand charts and versions for electronic charting systems.


ENC Production Fast & Easy Way Demo at HYDRO 12

Germany's SevenCs to demonstrate Electronic Navigational Chart production & distribution at upcoming Rotterdam expo. The features of the product mainly focus on easy data production and effective validation of ENCs for Hydrographic Offices, Waterway Authorities, Ports, Pilots or Navies. With its new ENC Encryptor SevenCs is taking the usability of ENC data to the next level. Local ENC data can be safely distributed via permit protection without the need to provide data via a RENC


UKHO Updates Digital Navigation

Trusted Admiralty information now viewed instantly on the Electronic Navigation Chart (ENC) for easier passage planning The UKHO today announced another simple way to view the most accurate and up-to-date navigational charts, with the release of SevenCs ORCA Master Electronic Chart System (ECS) compatible with the Admiralty Information Overlay. The Overlay, brings the latest navigational updates from Admiralty to an ECDIS or ECS to help make digital navigation safer


NOAA's Paper Charts are here to Stay

Rear Adm. Gerd Glang certifies a new print-on-demand chart agent after inspecting the companys sample chart. (Photo: NOAA)

New certified printing agents bring buying options It won't be long before mariners and the boating public will have a wider choice of options and special services when they purchase NOAA paper nautical charts, thanks to NOAA's expanded "print-on-demand" chart production and


NOAA Nautical Charts Now Permanently Free

NOAA’s newest addition to the nautical charting portfolio is the new Portable Document Format (PDF) nautical chart, which provides up-to-date navigation information in this universally available file type. The image above is of the Gulf Coast - Key West to Mississippi River. (Credit: NOAA)

After a three-month trial period, PDF versions of NOAA nautical charts will become a permanent product, free to the public. The free PDFs, which are digital images of traditional nautical charts, are especially valued by recreational boaters who use them to plan sailing routes and fishing trips


UKHO Publishes Guide to ECDIS Implementation

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Next free ECDIS seminar in Hong Kong on Tuesday, February 25. The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has published a new Nautical Publication to support the transition to ECDIS. The 'Admiralty Guide to ECDIS Implementation, Policy and Procedures (NP232)' has been designed to allow


London Club Stresses Need to Observe Passage Planning

The London P&I Club said it has seen a rise over the past 12 months in the number of deficiencies relating to Temporary and Preliminary (T&P) notices to mariners, and an increase in negative findings in relation to the management of radio navigation and meteorological warnings.  


Martek: ECDIS Overlays Cover Most Nav Variables

Image courtesy of Martek Marine

Martek Marine claims that its recently launched iECDIS offers the most comprehensive chart overlay options on the market.
 The company explains that chart overlays are an excellent decision support tool that provide a more holistic representation of available data


UKHO Wraps up Navigation Training Course

From left to right, back row: Nikolay Radoslavov Lyaskovski (Bulgaria); Mohamed Zabour (Algeria) and Yusuke Nagase (Japan). Front row: Dwight Nanan (Trinidad & Tobago); Sub Lt Uaychai Phothong (Thailand); Rahubadda Kankanamge Anura Ariyarathna (Sri Lanka) and John Dalomae (Solomon Islands).

For a fifth consecutive year, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has delivered a successful outcome from its internationally renowned and accredited marine cartography courses to a group of students drawn from seven nations. Students from the Hydrographic Organizations of Algeria


Australian Navy Surveys Antarctica

Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp Surveying Newcomb Bay. Photo: ABHSO Dyer, Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy’s Deployable Geospatial Survey Team returned from a six-week Antarctic expedition to collect essential data for navigational charts and scientific research. The team sailed from Hobart in RSV Aurora Australis on December 11


Voyager Distribution Network Expands

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Global Navigation Solutions announced that Voyager is now offered by all members of the Global Navigation Solutions maritime services group. Ship operators looking for the state-of-the-art route planning, intelligent data management and quality of compliance provided uniquely by this new


Jeppesen Revolutionizes ENC Licensing With New Solution

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Jeppesen has revolutionized the navigational chart industry by introducing FlatFee licensing for its official Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs). Jeppesen FlatFee lets mariners purchase some or all of nine worldwide zones at an affordable fixed price


NOAA Unveils New Electronic Chart Online Viewer

NOAA ENC Download: Image credit NOAA

For more than ten years, since NOAA introduced its electronic navigational charts, you have needed to purchase a specialized chart display system to view the NOAA ENC® as a seamless chart database. Starting today, you don’t need a system to view the ENC depictions; you can use Coast


UK Arctic Policy Document Supports IMO as Regulator

Arctic scene: Photo courtesy of UK Govt.

'Adapting To Change: UK policy towards the Arctic' introduced by Mark Simmonds Minister for the Polar Regions Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been released. The document acknowledges that the scale of the challenges facing the Arctic is immense and compounded by the speed of the changes


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


Minerva and Transas Partner for Paperless Navigation

Photo: Transas

Transas Hellas has recently agreed with Minerva Marine Inc. to equip its fleet with ECDIS and official charts aiming to shift within a specified timeframe to paperless navigation. In addition to the premium line of Transas ECDIS and Transas Admiralty Data Service TADS (official ENCs)


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


IMO Sec-Gen Up North in NSR Icebreaker

Icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy: Photo courtesy of IMO

Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of IMO is aboard the Russian icebreaker '50 Lot Pobedy' in company with Russian Deputy Minister Olersky to see for himself developments concerning the Northern Sea Route. Excerpts from his blog follow: 16, August, 2013 onboard '50 Let Pobedy'


 
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