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The Coast Survey was first introduced in 1807 to provide guidance and services to boaters, shippers, and users of any crafts with marine navigation. NOAA’s Coast Survey continues to ensure the best and safe navigation in America’s coastal waters.
The National Charting Plan is a vision statement to identify NOAA’s economic developments. NOAA’s experts, scientists and partners take pride in their work to broaden information and options for the coastal contributors.
Individual charts are not considered in this plan. The plan discusses the changes and discontinuation of some of the products or techniques and the introduction of completely new products for modern technology.
A wide range of users will benefit from the new nautical chart coverage with easy-to-use and consistent marine navigations.
The National Charting Plan is believed to reduce unwarranted Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) alarms, reduce uncertainties, provide timely data, improve chart coverage, convert to metric, improve chart update information and increase efficiency. Improvements to electronic navigational charts (ENCs) are met and some changes are still being evaluated. With constant technological advances, the Coast Survey’s goal is to have the safest, most up-to-date critical information about the coastal production.
In February 2017, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey developed and released its draft version of the charting plan. The nautical charting plan is fairly new and still improving some areas to satisfy and meet all safety requirements. After the release of the initial draft, NOAA gathered information and feedback from the public before they finalized the charting plan.
The following are some improvement topics and visions that were added in the final version of the National Charting Plan:
Here's the full version of NOAA’s Final National Charting Plan.
To speak with someone who can better assist you, contact the headquarters:
You may also address your comments or concerns through mail by sending to:
National Ocean Service, NOAA (N/CS2)
ATTN: National Charting Plan
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282