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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
APRIL - MAY 2009/VOLUME 12/NUMBER 2
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KEEP YOUR NAUTICAL CHARTS CURRENT:
TO MATCH REALITY!

The shipping season is about to begin again and quite a few of you have already begun to get ready. But have you thought about up-dating your charts?

Nautical charts are essential for navigating. But charts have to be kept up to date to avoid running aground on a shoal that has shifted or becoming confused when buoys are moved. Chart corrections are issued via the Notices to Mariners published by the Canadian Coast Guard. These notices contain all the information needed to keep nautical charts and publications current.

HOW CAN YOU CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR CHART IS UP TO DATE?
  1. Check the publication date and the date of the Notice to Mariners that appear in the lower left corner of your paper chart.
    Paper chart
  2. Go to www.charts.gc.ca to see the list of current editions of nautical charts. There, you will also find the latest Notice to Mariners published for that particular chart. Make sure you use a current edition.
  3. Go to notmar.gc.ca, and look for subsequent Notices to Mariners that modify your chart. You can sign up for the Notice to Mariners e-newsletter. This service allows you to create a personal profile and record the numbers of your nautical charts. You will then be informed by e-mail whenever a new Notice is published for one of your charts.

The Canadian Hydrographic Service Web site (www.charts.gc.ca) reminds readers of how to make corrections to their charts in the section Up-date your chart in five easy steps. Chart 1, Symbols, Abbreviations, Terms is essential when it comes to keeping your charts current.

Up-dating your nautical charts is a good habit to get into. And it’s free, so why not do it!

Please take note that a new service to update electronic raster charts will soon be available on line.

DID YOU KNOW…

To comply with the Canada Shipping Act and the Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations, captains and ship’s owners must have on board the latest edition of the relevant nautical charts – for every zone where the ship is expected to sail – as well as revised and up-dated nautical publications.


Élisa Desjardins
Canadian Hydrographic Service