The Office of Navigation Systems announced in the Federal Register Change 2 of the Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-16, Use of Electronic Charts and Publications in Lieu of Paper Charts, Maps and Publications, together with a Deregulatory Savings Analysis.
Notice of Availability: Change to NVIC regarding use of electronic charts and publications in lieu of paper charts, maps and publications
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.
CG-CVC issued MSIB 009/17: Electronic Chart Display Information Systems Updates to Meet International Hydrographic Organization Standards, to provide guidance to vessel owners/operators on complying with SOLAS chart carriage requirements.
The updated policy identifies acceptable equivalencies to paper charts and publications as well as position fixing and plotting requirements under Coast Guard regulations.