Monday, February 8, 2016

USCG: Guidance on the use of Electronic Charts and Publications

Official nautical raster charts from original material coming from international Hydrographic Offices displayed online with mobile marine planning applications (W4D screenshot) and GeoGarage platform

The US Coast Guard has issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) providing USCG marine inspectors and the maritime industry with uniform guidance regarding what the Coast Guard policy regarding use of electronic charts and publications in lieu of paper charts, maps, and publications.

As per reference, US flagged vessels may maintain in electronic format the navigation publications required by 33 C.F.R § §
  • 164.33 (Charts and publications),
  • 164.72 (Navigational-safety equipment, charts or maps, and publications required on towing vessels) and 161.4 (Requirement to carry the rules)
  • and SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 27 (Nautical charts and nautical publications). 

The following guidance applies to US flagged vessels subject to US domestic chart 9or map) and publication carriage requirements codified in Titles 33 and 46 of the C.F.R and provides a voluntary equivalency to comply with those requirements

Click to read USCG NVIC 01-16

Extracts :

"Due to the current state of technology, the Coast Guard believes that official electronic charts provide substantially more information to the mariner, and therefore may enhance navigational safety beyond that of official paper charts.
Official electronic charts, when displayed on electronic charting systems (with integrated systems such as Electronic Positing-Fixing Devices, Automatic Identification System, gyro, radar), can provide the mariner with substantially more navigational information than a paper chart. These enhancements better facilitate voyage planning and monitoring and thus may reduce the potential for marine accidents."

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