NOAA ROlliNg Up itS pApeR ChARtS
AFTER 152 YEARS in the nautical-chart business, in April NOAA will eliminate the bulk pre-printing of charts. “The demand for traditional paper charts has fallen more than 90 percent in the last 30 years,” confirmed
Susan Shingledecker, vice president of the BoatU.S. Foundation and a member of the
NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel. With declining demand, the increasing
use of electronic navigation products, and federal budgets tightening, the agency’s
Office of Coast Survey announced in October that traditional lithographic charts
would become history.
Not to worry, though; NOAA is beefing up its Print-on-Demand charts, available
through private vendors. These charts contain all applicable corrections from the latest Notice to Mariners at the time of printing. The agency also maintains electronic-chart products, available for free download, including
NOAA Booklet Charts that cover 95,000 miles of
U.S. coastline, including the Great Lakes. Visit
www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov — R.l.
(think 101,000 full
continued through the fall,
as of October 30, dredgers
had removed some 360,000
cubic yards of Sandy-related
sediment from the Garden
State’s marinas, lagoons,
and back bays.
this 1946 drawing
by cartographer C. e.
pedersen (also an avid
the challenges of
transferring hydrographic field survey
records into “smooth
sheets” from which the
agency lithographed its