Coast Guard Approves Digital Charts

US Coast Guard Approves Official Electronic Charts

This is good news.

OpenCPN users in the US have depended on NOAA electronic / digital charts.  Up until now, the Coast Guard has required some vessels to keep paper charts onboard as as well.

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These vessels are no longer required to keep paper charts onboard if using official electronic charts.

“After consultation with our Navigation Safety Advisory Committee, the Coast Guard will allow mariners to use official electronic charts instead of paper charts, if they choose to do so. With real-time voyage planning and monitoring information at their fingertips, mariners will no longer have the burden of maintaining a full portfolio of paper charts,” said Capt. Scott J. Smith, the chief of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Navigation Systems.

Full article at Coast Guard News

 

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