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NOAA’s Coast Survey plans for new Arctic nautical charts

Less sea ice and more ship traffic means new charts needed for safety NOAA's Office of Coast Survey has issued an updated Arctic Nautical Charting Plan, as a major effort to improve inadequate chart coverage for Arctic areas experiencing increasing vessel traffic due to ice diminishment.The update came after consultations with maritime interests and the public, as well as with other federal, state, and local agencies."As multi-year sea ice continues to disappear, vessel traffic in the Arctic is on the rise," said Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, NOAA Coast Survey director. "This is leading to new maritime concerns about adequate charts, especially in areas increasingly transited by the offshore oil and gas industry and cruise liners.""Given the lack of emergency respon

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