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Notice of Availability: Change to NVIC regarding use of electronic charts and publications in lieu of paper charts, maps and publications

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The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-16 Change 2, “Use of Electronic Charts and Publications in Lieu of Paper Charts, Maps and Publications,” together with a Deregulatory Savings Analysis. This NVIC provides that U.S. vessels may access navigation publications electronically, through underway connectivity, to meet domestic carriage and Safety of Life at Sea certification requirements.

The Coast Guard views public participation as essential to making effective policy, and will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. Your comment can help shape the final form of this policy. You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2019-0346 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before November 4, 2019.

This update is in response to recommendations from the Navigation Safety Advisory Council and the public. Currently, the Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency are providing marine safety information in an updated electronic format, some of which is now graphical and geographically selectable. Electronic devices (both hardware and software) have improved such that a mariner can efficiently access navigation publications when needed.

For full details, view the Federal Register Notice.

Please address questions or feedback concerning this policy to George H. Detweiler, Office of Navigation Systems, Coast Guard; telephone 202-372-1566, email cgnav@uscg.mil.

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