Nautical charts or commonly known as marine navigation charts are graphical representations of the marine environment. Aside from their basic components, these charts are working documents that serve as navigation aids to mariners. In combination with supporting navigation tools, and notice to mariner updates, these charts are a helpful means in laying out courses and in providing the most economical, safe, and shortest route for a voyage.
American Nautical Services (ANS) is a marine surveying and consulting company, specializing in the distribution of nautical charts and maritime publications. Our nautical charts provide invaluable information such as water depths, nature of nearby coasts, attributes of Earth's magnetism, obstructions, characteristics of tides, locations of artificial aids, and locations of any historical sites at sea.
ANS provides timely and precise navigation charts, maps and other related nautical navigational tools for coastal and ocean locations of the U.S. Our products prove very helpful for efficient and safe marine transportation, naval operations, recreational activities and offshore engineering projects.
Our experienced cartographers make sure that our marine charts are updated at frequent intervals with notice to mariner information from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).
Mariners know when you are at sea, it is imperative that you understand the importance taking proper steps to safeguard the vessel and the people on board. It is important to take precautionary measures to make sure that you have the appropriate nautical charts on board to effectively plan the vessel’s voyage. Having these nautical charts on board will also help meet the carriage requirements defined in SOLAS chapter V regulation 18.104.22.168.
ANS can support you with updated navigation charts and books to ensure that you have the basic charting tools and essential chart data you need to confidently and safely navigate at sea.