[NYCkayaker] Fwd: New NOAA navigational products

Ray Fusco ray@rayfuscoinc.com
Thu Jun 6 13:50:47 EDT 2013

---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: NOAA Coast Survey <coastsurveycommunications@noaa.gov>
> Date: Fri, May 31, 2013 at 1:01 PM
> Subject: New navigational products
> To: brent.pounds@noaa.gov
> Announcement Contact:
> Dawn Forsythe, Office of Coast Survey
> dawn.forsythe@noaa.gov
> 301-713-2780 x144
> cell: 240-429-6125
> NOAA issues new navigational products
> New U.S. Chart 1 shows both electronic and paper chart symbology
> For the 65 years since the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey issued the
> first edition of U.S. Chart No.1 in 1948, mariners have had a standard
> guide for understanding the symbols, abbreviations and terms used on
> paper nautical charts. In a major step forward, a new edition of that
> guide also describes the symbols specified by the International
> Hydrographic Organization for the display of electronic navigational
> charts (ENC) on Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems
> (ECDIS).
> Several maritime nations produce their own versions of Chart 1. The
> U.S. Chart No. 1 describes the symbols used on paper nautical charts
> produced by NOAA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).
> The new U.S. Chart No. 1 is the first "Chart 1" produced by any country
> to show paper and electronic chart symbology side by side.
> "Navigational charts moved to electronic format more than 15 years
> ago, and downloads of NOAA ENCs=AE now far outpace sales of paper
> charts," explains Commander Shep Smith, division chief of Coast Survey's
> Marine Chart Division. "Most of the symbology used to display ENCs is
> intuitive to the experienced mariner, but caution tells us that mariners
> will be safer when U.S. Chart No. 1 explains the symbols that appear on
> their electronic displays."
> U.S. Chart No. 1: Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms used on Paper and
> Electronic Navigational Charts, produced jointly by NOAA and NGA, is
> actually more like a book than a chart. The 129-page Edition 12, now
> released, supersedes all previous editions and is available for free
> download from the Coast Survey website. Printed copies may be purchased
> through one of the certified publishing agents listed on the NOAA U.S.
> NOAA Charts Show New IMO Traffic Separation Scheme off California
> NOAA has updated a series of raster and electronic navigational charts
> to comply with routing regulations approved late last year by the
> International Maritime Organization (IMO COLREG.2/Circ.64, December 4,
> 2012). The routing establishes a new traffic separation scheme off the
> northern coast of California, effective June 1.
> The NOAA ENCs affected by the new traffic separation scheme are 3CA14,
> 3CA52, 3CA69, 3CA70, 3CA85, 4CA11, 4CA60, 4CA68, 5CA12, 5CA58, and
> 5CA65. The NOAA RNCs reflecting the changes are 18724, 18647, 18649,
> 18728, 18729, 18744, 18725, 18746, 18645, 18721, 18640, 18680, 18700,
> 18720, 18740, and 18022. The print-on-demand charts are now available
> from NOAA vendors.
> As recreational boaters gear up for a summer of fun on coastal waters
> and the Great Lakes, NOAA is testing MyNOAACharts, a new mobile
> application that allows users to download NOAA nautical charts and
> editions of the U.S. Coast Pilot. The app, which is only designed for
> Android tablets for the testing period, was released on May 20.
> MyNOAACharts, which can be used on land and on the water, allows users
> to find their positions on a NOAA nautical chart. They can zoom in any
> specific location with a touch of the finger, or zoom out for the big
> picture to plan their day of sailing. The Coast Pilot has "geotagged"
> some of the major locations -- embedding geographical information, such
> as latitude and longitude, directly into the chart so it is readable in
> the app -- and provides links to appropriate federal regulations. The
> app can be downloaded from the Google Play app store.
> The beta test for MyNOAACharts will expire this Labor Day, Sept. 2.
> Coast Survey will then evaluate usage and user feedback to decide
> whether to release a finished version of the app.
> NOAA Office of Coast Survey is the nation's nautical chartmaker.
> Originally formed by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807, Coast Survey
> updates charts, surveys the coastal seafloor, responds to maritime
> emergencies, and searches for underwater obstructions that pose a danger
> to navigation. 

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