NOAA Seeks Comments on Ending Paper Chart Publication
Kristen Crossett, 301-325-2113
|NOAA invites public comment on ending production of |
traditional paper nautical charts
NOAA is initiating a five-year process to end all traditional paper nautical chart production and is seeking the public’s feedback via a Federal Register Notice
published on November 15, 2019. Chart users, companies that provide products and services based on NOAA raster and electronic navigational chart (NOAA ENC®
) products, and other stakeholders can help shape the manner and timing in which the product sunsetting process will proceed. Comments may be submitted through NOAA’s online ASSIST
feedback tool and are due on February 1, 2020.
Over the next five years, NOAA will work to ease the transition to ENC-based products while continuing to support safe navigation. NOAA will focus on improving data consistency and providing larger scale coverage of NOAA ENC, as well as providing access to paper chart products based on ENC data, either through the NOAA Custom Chart prototype
or third-party commercial data providers.
Further details can be found in the announcement
posted on the NOAA Office of Coast Survey website.
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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NOAA Plans to Stop Producing Traditional Paper Charts