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U.S. Coast Guard approves official electronic charts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard published guidance that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications.

The Coast Guard published Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, NVIC 01-16, on Feb. 5 to provide uniform guidance on what is now considered equivalent to chart and publication carriage requirements.

Combining the suite of electronic charts from the U.S. hydrographic authorities and the Electronic Charting System standards published this past summer by the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, the Coast Guard believes official electronic charts provide mariners with a substitute for the traditional official paper charts.

This technology will also allow mariners to take advantage of information and data to enhance situational awareness during voyage planning and while underway.

“After consultation with our Navigation Safety Advisory Committee, the Coast Guard will allow mariners to use official electronic charts instead of paper charts, if they choose to do so. With real-time voyage planning and monitoring information at their fingertips, mariners will no longer have the burden of maintaining a full portfolio of paper charts,” said Capt. Scott J. Smith, the chief of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Navigation Systems.

The new guidance applies to vessels subject to U.S. chart, or map, and publication carriage requirements codified in Titles 33 and 46 CFR and provides a voluntary alternative means to comply with those requirements.

“Mariners have been requesting the recognition of this capability for some time,” said Smith. “When you combine the new expanded Automatic Identification System carriage requirement and the capability that an ECS provides, it should provide a platform to move American waterways into the 21st century.”

“Together, with our industry and international partners, we are leveraging modern technology to contribute to the safety, security and prosperity of our nation,” said Smith.

View NVIC 01-16 at: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvic/pdf/...blications.pdf


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Re: Paper charts are no longer REQUIRED

Long time coming. They've been approved for flight for some time, although, a paid service keep them routinely updated. I wonder if there is any requirement for how current one's chart chip is.


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Re: Paper charts are no longer REQUIRED

i believe it is not REQUIRED to use any kind of chartage... but it is not intelligent not to .. common sense--


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Re: Paper charts are no longer REQUIRED

You can use Amerigo Vespucci's charts for navigation if you want to. Having learned the hard way what a lightning strike can do to all the electronics on board, I'll always have backup paper charts with me. If they quit printing them because some government idiot says they can, I'll use the old ones.

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About bloody time too.
It beggars belief that paper charts are not illegal.
Finally the USCG (et al) realise AIS us in existence:

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It also appears the USCG might dismiss sextants for nav use too:
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?Together, with our industry and international partners, we are leveraging modern technology to contribute to the safety, security and prosperity of our nation,? said Smith


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Re: Paper charts are no longer REQUIRED

Nice to know, but I think I'll keep some paper charts on board anyway.

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Re: Paper charts are no longer REQUIRED

This relates to commercial operation. There has never been a requirement for charts or charting for recreational boats.

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But the US government would LIKE to be in complete charge of everything you use to control your boat. If they can get everyone to rely upon GPS and electronic navigation, they can turn it off.

Hard to jam a paper chart or turn it off.

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Ahhhh... that damn CIA again!

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Re: Paper charts are no longer REQUIRED

I'm no Luddite but, I made a good living for years fixing electronics that failed. I use GPS but, also have a chart on the table or in the cockpit when cruising. I'd still be using my Kings 8001 LORAN unit too if the USCG had not blown up the towers. BTW USCG stopped transmiting LORAN signals back on February 8th in 2010:
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