Who Uses a Nautical Chart?
Anyone who uses a boat or a ship needs to know how deep the water is and what the land looks like underneath the water.
Boaters use charts to avoid running into dangerous objects underwater.
Ships bring us most of the things we buy in our stores. With all of this travel to other countries, we want to make sure that ships can safely cross the oceans!
Did you know?
National and international laws require certain ships to carry nautical charts.
It's NOAA’s job to make charts for millions of miles of water, called nautical miles, around the United States. This area is called the Exclusive Economic Zone.