Nearly million charts were downloaded within 90 days of the October beta release of NOAA's free PDF nautical charts, which provide up-to-date. NOAA provides about a thousand high-resolution printable nautical charts — almost the entire NOAA suite of charts — as PDF files. The PDF nautical charts are. OpenNauticalChart offers free seacharts for everybody. This charts are usable ( offline) with several ship-plotters and Navigation-equipement on board.

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NtM Special Notice to Mariners Paragraphs This notice contains a variety of subjects amplifying information not usually found on charts or in navigational publications. US Notice to Mariners The US Notice to Mariners provides timely marine safety information for the correction of all US Government navigation charts and publications from a wide variety of sources, both foreign and domestic. The format for this information includes a parameter that represents the week, called the GPS week number.

The week number has been counting incrementally by 1 since January 5th, , and is an integral part of the navigation message received by all GPS receivers. When the week number reaches at 18 seconds before midnight UTC on April 6th, , it will reset to zero as it keeps counting.

This has happened once before in August of Older GPS receivers, or receivers that have not been provided manufacturer updates, may be impacted by the rollover.

The impact might occur in April, or could affect such equipment at a later date. On these receivers the date might revert back to August , or may revert to another date. To best prepare for this rollover event, users of GPS equipment who are concerned should update their firmware, or contact their equipment manufacturer to ensure their equipment is ready for this event. Civil GPS users are encouraged to report disruptions or anomalies to the U.

Cosat Guard marine inspectors and the maritime industry with uniform guidance regarding what the Coast Guard now considers equivalent to the chart and publications carriage requirement in the Title 33 and Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations C.

The USCG Light List is published in seven volumes and contains lights, sound signals, buoys, daybeacons, and other aids to navigation used for general navigation that are maintained by or under the authority of the U. There are two main types of VTS, surveilled and non-surveilled. VHF communications network forms the basis of most major services. Los Angeles-Long Beach: Aids to Navigation System This booklet will give you, the recreational boater, the basic information you need about the U.

This information will help you recognize, understand, and navigate by the colors, shapes, numbers, and lights you will encounter on the water. It will also give you the basic tools you need to read a nautical chart Boating Safety Division.

Chart 1 : Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms

Navigation Rules: International and inland rules of the road and their respective technical annexes - Bridge-to-bridge radiotelephone regulations - Vessel traffic management regulations - Other pertinent provisions for waterway users. There is a PDF file with the edition of August corrected to November 30th and an HTML version with amalgamated current international and inland navigation rules.

In many cases, what is presented are words or phrases, and you should think of the definition or definitions that meet the condition s of the words or phrases. Then, click on the image to obtain the correct answer s. Current information on specific diagnostic and treatment protocols is better obtained from onshore medical consultation.

Safety Educational Ressources: Ensuring that vessels are in full compliance with safety requirements and crews are trained in safety and survival techniques, we can contribute to improving the safety record of the commercial fishing industry.

The Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Digest brings together all the federal regulations applicable to the operation of uninspected commercial fishing vessels in one location and in an easy to read and understand format.

These include safety and survival equipment, navigation safety, pollution prevention, and emergency instruction and traning. The Digest of valuable to anyone associated with the U.

NAIS Broadcasts: It consolidates portions of International Telecommunication Union radio regulations and various allied communications publications into a single source reference for field use. This group also passed a resolution calling for the development of a Global Maritime Distress and Safety System GMDSS to provide the communication support needed to implement the global search and rescue plan.

GPS provides accurate position, velocity, and time PVT information to an unlimited number of suitably equipped ground, sea, air and space users. Passive PVT fixes are available world-wide in all-weathers in a world-wide common grid system hostile imitation.

These messages are released 72 hours in advance for planned maintenance. These messages are also used to notify users of unscheduled outages. GPS Constellation Status: Unfortunately, the Navigation Center cannot assist you with GPS unit mapping problems, as we do not develop, control, nor repair the mapping software contained in GPS units, including vehicle navigation systems.

Some information from those reports is shared here along with input from interagency partners and the most likely cause of the report.

Descriptions for each of the fields is at the bottom of the page. Any merchant vessel anywhere on the globe, on a voyage of greater than 24 hours duration, is welcome in the Amver system and family.

Consolidated navigation information You may obtain navigation information or quick-links to navigation information on a single page without having to navigate through several sections of our site for the same information by selecting one or more of the options GPS NANU, DGPS outages, Local notice to mariners or Light list corrections , and then clicking on "Continue".

From there, you may select the region s in which you are interested. Then, clicking on "Show Selected Information" will display either navigation information or quick-links to the information for the region s you selected. ENCs provide the most up to date information, whereas paper and raster nautical chart updates may be up to one month behind the corresponding ENC coverage.

Over the next few years, mariners will see continued improvement in the extent and detail of ENC coverage, while there will be a reduction in RNC and paper chart coverage and service. ENCs will include routine changes between editions that are not published through notices to mariners.

One significant change to the RNC and paper charts will be the removal of controlling minimum depth information from many maintained channels. Controlling channel depths will still be provided on ENCs.

The north polar region is experiencing one of these erratic changes: Due to these unplanned variations in the Arctic region, scientists have released a new World Magnetic Model WMM to more accurately represent the change of the magnetic field. These charts are updated weekly and include all of the latest Notice to Mariners corrections. Coast Guard carriage requirements for commercial vessels.

There is 9 PDF catalogs: Mariners should always obtain the largest-scale coverage for near shore navigation. Charts Catalogs Western U.

Paper Charts

With the link "NC" there is also a listing that provides all corrections to this chart. Issued in nine volumes, they contain supplemental information that is difficult to portray on a nautical chart. This plan describes a strategy to make comprehensive improvements across the entire suite of NOAA nautical chart products.

Part II describes some of the steps we are taking to improve those products, including changes to chart formats, scales, data compilation, and symbology. While each chart is unique, it is assembled using standard conventions that are understood by the mariner. Sections of the FAQ: Chart Carriage Requirements Regulations and other documents related to nautical chart and publication carriage requirements for commercial vessels in U..

S waters: Channel depths: The channel may be significantly shoaler, particularly at the edges. The hydrographic surveys provided by this application are to be used for informational purposes only and should not be used as a navigational aid. Channel conditions can change rapidly and the surveys may or may not be accurate. Also available from the Chart Catalog.

On the map, select a chart and on the section "Available Products" click on "View" to view online the raster version. View online chart - Straits of Florida and Approache Example: PDF Nautical Charts: Full-size, dpi printable charts. The PDF nautical charts are available for a three-month trial period, from October 22, , to January 22, Key features of the PDF nautical chart: They are made to help recreational boaters locate themselves on the water.

The Booklet Chart is reduced in scale and divided into pages for convenience, but otherwise contains all the information of the full-scale nautical chart. The application enables users to define the scale and paper size of custom-made nautical charts centered on a position of their choosing.

The user may download, view, and print the output. Start guide: All products generated by this prototype service are for demonstration purposes only and are not to be used for navigation. Raster Navigational Charts for U. Graphical interface to upload RNC file chart by chart. The tile service provides geo-referenced, nautical chart tile sets for the public that comply with several web map and map tile standards.

Tiles are also being used on third party nautical data integration websites. Electronic Navigational Charts for U. Vector files of chart in S format. Find out if you have the latest edition of NOAA nautical products.

The lists below include the edition number and date of the latest version of each product and additional information. The lists are updated weekly. Enter a chart number and the service display a listing that provides all corrections that apply to this chart. While information provided by this listing is intended to assist in the updating of nautical charts, it must not be used as a substitute for the United States Coast Guard, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency or Canadian Coast Guard Notice to Mariner publications.

How do you know when it is time to get a new chart? The idea is to give users the ability to visually identify where all changes water depths, shoreline, obstructions or other features are occurring on their charts each week. With that information, you can make your own determination about when you may want to download an updated paper chart or download an updated raster or electronic navigational chart.

The update includes the position of each update latitude and longitude , the action that needs to occur, along with a brief description of the item and any additional labeling that should be added to the chart More information about the Weekly Chart Updates.

I have gathered and consolidated information from numerous sources to address these questions thus creating a general reference guide for mariners. This reference guide was created primarily for distribution at boating, fishing and diving shows. Marine Forecasts: Dissemination Information Marine weather forecasts via different way: Internet VHF: Only for Alaskan Waters.

They also contain additional weather information of interest to the mariner. Worldwide Marine Radiofacsimile Broadcast Schedules The schedules contained in this publication were obtained from official and unofficial sources. The information herein may neither be complete or accurate. Wherever possible, the schedules are dated with the latest change available. Wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages on the charts and maximum waves may be up to twice the significant height.

Central Pacific Ocean: The forecast area includes the offshore and high seas waters. The broadcast frequencies are listed at the at the bottom of the page. In consultation with its users, OPC has designed a timely product suite of graphics and high seas marine warnings and forecasts.

When displayed together and organized the charts provide the mariner with a complete meteorological and oceanographic picture.

Prudent decision making dictates the mariner use all available information from as many sources as possible. Also in PDF. The combined sea heights are depicted in solid contours of three feet or one meter increments with relative maxima or minima combined sea state values enclosed inside a box under or adjacent to the area of interest.

The ice edge is displayed as a bold jagged line bright blue during the winter months. The central value of significant wave heights imply that higher individual waves are possible. Sea ice forecasts focused on changes to the ice edge in the next 5 days and the Sea Ice Advisory text product are produced every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Observers' Guide to Sea Ice This booklet is intended for use by volunteers to report aerial, shipboard, or shoreline observations of ice conditions at sea to authorities such as the National Weather Service, National Ice Center, U.

Emphasis here is on conditions of concern to mariners with regard to safe passage of ships. Distance of Storms form Hawaii Locations See the distance from any active system from Hawaii locations. What is a Tropical Cyclone?

The Global Tropics Hazards and Benefits Outlook is a forecast for areas with elevated odds for above- or below-median rainfall and regions where tropical cyclogenesis is favorable or unfavorable for the upcoming Week-1 and Week-2 time periods. The rainfall outlook is for precipitation integrated over a week and targets broad-scale patterns, not local conditions as they will be highly variable. Above and below median rainfall forecast areas are depicted in green and yellow respectively.

Then the boat owner can determine the best method to prepare their boat for the eventual tropical cyclone encounter. The suggestions mentioned in this paper are intended to guide the mariner in developing an individual preparedness plan to help preserve life and protect their property.

For guidance purposes only. Hurricane Preparedness: Marine Safety Hurricanes have been the cause of many maritime disasters and unfortunately, there is no single rule of thumb that can be used by mariners to ensure safe separation from a hurricane at sea. A graphicast is produced for each basin. The image has planned updates once per day in the early afternoon.

Who creates them?

Atlantic Eastern Pacific East Pacific: Between December 1 and May 14 outside of hurricane season. Should we continue the new service? For mariners using paper charts to meet chart carriage requirements under federal regulations, only printed charts provided by NOAA-certified POD providers will meet U.

POD charts meet stringent print standards and can be recognized by an official certification of authenticity printed on the chart. Thanks so much. We downloaded the Puget Sound region this morning and immediately used it to locate a mysterious point that had been entered in a dive fishery log book. Excellent product! I hope they remain available for free download. The flexibility seems to be popular with chart users.

As a kayaker who paddles on the Great Lakes, I appreciate this service very much. For my needs, a full sized chart is usually far more paper than is needed.

With the PDF service, I can crop targeted areas and print for use.

I will be telling my paddling friends about this trial service. Even non-boaters like them. But I do need to reference shipping lanes, underwater obstructions, berth numbers, port configurations, bridge clearances, basic hydrographic info, etc. Being able to view them on my computer is extremely helpful.

There have been some early shortfalls, we recognize. Paper charts are key navigational tools on nearly every vessel, even with advances in technology that make digital electronic charts affordable and convenient. They serve as a primary means to plan and record routes, an accurate backup to electronic charts, and a reliable source of interesting information about the waters where you enjoy boating.

Print-on-demand technology now makes paper charts as up-to-date as possible, with the latest Notice to Mariners, corrections, and NGA or NOAA safety updates available daily.

West Marine also now sells traditional rolled printed charts in our stores. These do not have the most up-to-date information, but you can take them with you immediately, so you have two choices. Who creates them? Charts of U. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency NGA , produces charts of international waters, lists of lights, sailing directions, sight reduction tables, pilot charts and other publications to complement charts. Chart Selection Since U.

NOAA also offers their own digital versions of their paper charts, available for free download at: www. We carry an extensive selection of paper charts.

Scale: Common chart scales range from large to small , to ,,, for example. Remember, a large-scale chart covers a small area, and a small-scale covers a large area. The larger the second number in the ratio, the smaller the scale, and the larger the geographical area that is covered.

Kinds of charts: World and international sailing charts have the smallest scale and are used when voyaging across oceans or over a long stretch of coastline. They show much more detail than international sailing charts but still not enough for navigating close to shore or sailing into port.

Harbor charts show a relatively small area in great detail and should be used when making port.Standard time zone chart of the world: Entries are organized geographically, in accordance with the diagrams located in the front of the publication. The date in the filename indicates the last day for which that forecast is valid. Tidal Analysis and Prediction The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with the knowledge required to carry out the most accurate tidal analysis and tidal prediction possible using any set of water level or current data that he or she may have available.

Emphasis here is on conditions of concern to mariners with regard to safe passage of ships. PDF color map, Astronomical Almanac Online Glossary The glossary contains concise definitions of many of the important astronomical terms necessary to understand and make use of the data presented in The Astronomical Almanac.

Photo: NOAA. This information will help you recognize, understand, and navigate by the colors, shapes, numbers, and lights you will encounter on the water.