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Nautical charts are available in two general formats: physical charts, which are printed on paper and electronic charts, which are displayed on an electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS). Each type of nautical chart may be purchased online or ordered over the telephone.
British Admiralty nautical charts are produced by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) and have been updated to conform to the most recent notices to mariners. They conform to nautical chart carriage requirements detailed in in Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Chapter V Regulation 2.2 and also meet the carriage requirements in SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 188.8.131.52.
Nautical charts and other information services provided by the UKHO are widely-regarded as standard-setting in the industry. British Admiralty nautical charts are designed to provide mariners with the most up-to-date nautical information and keep fleets in compliance with prevailing legislation; legislation that is intended to keep crews safe.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also produces high-quality nautical charts that comply with SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 2.2 carriage requirements and also meet the carriage requirements in SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 184.108.40.206. NOAA nautical charts are printed "on-demand" so that they are updated to include the most recent information available.
NOAA nautical charts have an equally impressive provenance and are highly regarded for their accuracy, ease-of-use and durability. NOAA charts are printed on water resistant paper, which is specifically designed to stand up to wet and damp maritime environments.
All nautical charts available are updated to include information provided by NOAA and UKHO as reported in notices to mariners. It is important that mariners with carriage compliance requirements stay aware of subsequent notices to mariners and update their chart libraries accordingly.
British Admiralty charts produced by the UKHO and NOAA nautical charts are available for a range of locales. Browse the entire selection of British Admiralty and NOAA nautical charts that are available. Mariners are bound to find the nautical chart they need to stay safe and compliant in the list of titles available online from British Admiralty and NOAA nautical charts. No matter where your voyage will take you, British Admiralty and NOAA have the charts you need to plan a successful passage and remain compliant with your flag state's nautical chart carriage requirements.