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Welcome to American Nautical Services! Your ultimate resource for nautical charts, vector charts & raster charts, maritime books, nautical instruments, flags, and more! Proudly serving the maritime community since 1977, American Nautical Services (ANS) is one of the largest nautical chart agents in the U.S. and is an International Admiralty Chart Agent on behalf of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Offcie. ANS is an ISO 9001 certified company and is commited to providing goods and services that meet the ISO 9001 standards. Your sailing voyage begins here.

Nautical Charts

Choose from a worldwide selection of nautical charts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO, AKA British Admiralty). These nautical charts meet the definition of an offical nautical chart laid out in SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 2.2 and also meet the carriage requirements defined in SOLAS Chapter V Regulation

Vector Charts & Raster Charts

Mariners sailing on SOLAS class vessels using an Electronic Chart Display & Information System (ECDIS) can find worldwide coverage of vector charts and raster charts through the Admiralty Vector Chart Service (AVCS) and the Admiralty Raster Chart Service (ARCS). Admiralty digital charts (also known as electronic navigation charts or ENCs) meet the S-57 definition criteria and S-63 1.1 security encryption standard from the International Hydrographic Office.

Maritime Books

Choose from a vast array of maritime publications from the International Maritime Organization (IMDG, SOLAS, ISM, GMDSS, MARPOL, IMSBC), United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (Sailing Directions, Admiralty List of Radio Signals, List of Lights) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Coast Pilots, Tide Tables, Tidal Current Table), and more.

Code of Federal Regulations

Find all the latest editions of CFR 29, CFR 33, CFR 40, CFR 46, CFR 47, & CFR 49 of the code of federal regulations available in harcopy format. The code of federal regulations are a series of publications published in the federal register by different departments and agencies of the United States. These CFR volumes pertain to maritime regulations set by the U.S. federal government.

Nautical Instruments

Compasses, dividers, plotters, rulers, sextants, and more ready to be used to aid mariners in safe navigation at sea.


Choose from a worldwide selection of country flags, pennant flags, numerical flags, and signal flags needed for flag state compliance for vessels sailing. These flags are used to identify the flag state a vessel is sailing under and to communicate with other vessels under the provisions of the International Code of Signals.

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