This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking seeks to add regulated navigation areas and safety zones in Green Bay, Lake Erie Islands, and Saginaw Bay.
7/25/2016: Upcoming amendment to electronic charts and publications policy (NVIC 01-16)
In February 2016 the Coast Guard released Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-16: Use of electronic charts and publications in lieu of paper charts and publications. Through our own evaluation and a review of stakeholder feedback, we are aware that it has not allowed certain existing equipment to replace paper charts. Therefore, we are working to amend this policy and update third-party consensus standards.
4/21/2016: Most commercial vessels required to have AIS
The Coast Guard is expanding Automatic Identification System (AIS) requirements to include additional commercial vessels.
2/5/2016: New NVIC published – Use of electronic charts and publications in lieu of paper charts, maps and publications
The Coast Guard published uniform guidance on what is now considered equivalent to chart and publication carriage requirements. The Coast Guard believes that electronic charts provide substantially more information to the mariner and will enhance navigational safety beyond that of official paper charts.
1/11/2016: 2016 Light List now available
Coast Guard Light Lists are a means for communicating aids to navigation information to the maritime public. The last government printed Light Lists were the 2014 editions.