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Are your nautical charts up to date?

Are your nautical charts up to date? That's a question pleasure boaters may very well hear at some point during the summer when Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA) and Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons volunteers conduct their courtesy inspections.

The Canadian Hydrographic Service has obtained the assistance of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (Quebec Region) to draw up a form and guide for the volunteers who conduct courtesy inspections to ensure the safety of boaters. CCGA has also trained nearly 80 of its members and Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons representatives to do this work.

The main purpose of this initiative is to make boaters aware of how to use nautical charts and how important it is to keep them current by checking the Notice to Mariners up-dates. Boaters are encouraged to sign up for the free NOTMAR service; if they subscribe to the service, they will be informed by e-mail whenever there are any corrections to the charts they use.  

By means of the courtesy inspection campaign, volunteer inspectors will also be able to inform boaters about other nautical publications that round out the information provided on the nautical charts: examples include Sailing directions, Tide and current publications and the Atlas of tidal currents. They can also tell boaters how to obtain free information about water levels by consulting the website or by calling the toll-free number 1-877-775-0790.

Through this collaborative effort, Fisheries and Oceans Canada hopes to make the waterways safer with better equipped pleasure boaters.

Robert Dorais

Symposium 2011 CIDCO conference on
applied hydrography

The Interdisciplinary Centre for the Development of Ocean Mapping (CIDCO), in collaboration with the Technopole maritime du Québec, the Canadian Hydrographic Association, the Société de promotion économique de Rimouski and the Canadian Hydrographic Service, will be holding a conference in Rimouski on June 20 and 21, 2011 on the theme of applied hydrography.

The conference aims to valorize regional expertise and present the potential of new technologies that can be of use to the maritime sector. The event will bring together various players active in a number of hydrography-related spheres (navigation, engineering, dredging, geomorphology, etc.). It will feature technical sessions and a trade show; a dinner-conference with Carole Campeau, president of St. Lawrence Shipoperators will round out the program.

The conference will also salute World Hydrography Day, June 21, by offering a tour of Hydrographic Service offices at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute where attendees can visit a hydrographic launch.

of Seasonal Search and Rescue Bases

Now that the warm weather is upon us, the Canadian Coast Guard would like to remind the public that its seasonal search and rescue bases in Québec, Tadoussac, Kegaska, Rivière-au-Renard, Havre-Saint-Pierre and Cap-aux-Meules are open.

The Canadian Coast Guard’s seasonal bases are strategically located to provide rapid assistance and reduce the number and severity of maritime incidents and risks to the environment. The bases are open from April to November.

Canadian Coast Guard's search and rescue services