NOAA announces end of traditional paper charts

Joann Mead - October 24, 2013

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, which creates and maintains the nation’s suite of over a thousand nautical charts of U.S. coastal waters, announced Oct. 22, 2013 major changes ahead for mariners and others who use nautical charts. Starting April 13, 2014 the federal government will no longer print traditional lithographic (paper) nautical charts, but will continue to provide other forms of nautical charts, including print on demand charts and versions for electronic charting systems.  See additional information at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2013/20131022_nauticalcharts.html.