In an expected notice published on
January 2, 2014, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration informed
the public of its intent to make significant changes to nautical chart printing
and distribution. The notice indicated that
NOAA wants to expand navigation products and adjust its role in the production
of nautical charts necessary for safe navigation.
is privatizing the printing of nautical charts.
After April 13, 2014, NOAA-certified Print-on-Demand paper charts will
be available through marine retailers.
NOAA is also making nautical chart information available digitally at
marine retailer facilities or by downloading charts at www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/pdfcharts.