NOAA Custom Chart Update
Coast Survey has released an update of our NOAA Custom Chart (NCC) tool! While we're still not at our final version, based on user feedback we've made a number of improvements to simplify the process and make it easier to use.
For those not familiar with NCC, it allows users to create their own printable charts directly from the latest NOAA electronic navigational chart data. This will be how mariners can print their own charts after our paper chart production ends in ~2025. Having a fully functioning NCC tool is a critical milestone in that process, so getting this right is a very high priority for Coast Survey.
User feedback will direct development priorities. Check out the latest version and provide any and all feedback you might have. This can be what is/isn't working, as well as any requests for additional features. We'd love to hear your thoughts!
NOAA Tide Tables & Current Tables are Going Digital
After 150 years of printing tide tables, a 2018 update to USCG regulations has finally trickled down to allow the use of digital tide and current tables. As such, the good folks at NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) who create these documents will cease to create printed hard copies after 2020. Moving forward you can download and print the predictions directly from their website. More information can be found in this CO-OPS blog post.
5 Things to know about the end of the traditional NOAA paper nautical chart production
Navigation Manager, Alaska
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