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NOAA's U.S. Coast Pilot Fosters Safe Navigation, Economic Stimulation

Online Updates to be Posted Weekly

September 27, 2012
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NOAA now offers weekly online updates of the U.S. Coast Pilot, which mariners have relied upon since the first American Coast Pilot was published in 1796.

Safe, efficient maritime commerce is critically important to the President’s National Export Initiative, which seeks to stimulate economic growth by ensuring that U.S. businesses can increase their exports of goods, services, and agricultural products.

This week, NOAA launches weekly online updates of the U.S. Coast Pilot, which mariners have relied upon since the first American Coast Pilot was published in 1796! The free PDF updates will be published on the U.S. Coast Survey website every Tuesday.

The U.S. Coast Pilot contains supplemental navigation information that is important to navigators of coastal and intracoastal waters and the Great Lakes, but which is difficult to portray on nautical charts. Topics include sailing directions, hazards to navigation, prominent landmarks, descriptions of channels, wharfs, and anchorages, bridge and cable clearances, tides, currents, and water levels, pilotage and towage, weather and ice conditions, traffic-separation schemes, small-craft facilities, and federal regulations applicable to navigation.

Navigators can purchase print-on-demand copies of the updated files from authorized printing partners, and NOAA will continue to print hard-copy annual editions of the venerable nine-volume U.S. Coast Pilot.

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