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NOAA makes changes in channel depths on raster nautical chart products

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey announced its plans to change the US Army Corps of Engineers maintained channel depth values on raster nautical chart products, which include paper nautical charts and the corresponding digital raster navigational chart. The change from showing, often outdated, controlling depths, to showing channel project depths on raster nautical chart products, will provide more clarity and safety for mariners.

USCG: LRIT system must be reported every six hours

NAVCEN, in collaboration with the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, developed a program to identify vessels that have not reported their Long Range Identification and Tracking status and are not in compliance with 33 CFR §169.230. Once notified, the USCG will enforce the LRIT reporting requirement.

US funds research for autonomous vessels

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has been granted a $1.25 million grant by the United States Office of Naval Research to research autonomous unmanned marine vehicle platforms for coastal surveillance, coastal surveys, target tracking and protection of at-sea assets.

USCG to stop the operation of remaining DGPS sites

The US Office of Navigation Systems informed that the US Coast Guard will stop broadcasts from its remaining 38 Differential GPS sites over the next three years, completing system reductions that began in 2016. The reduction of the remaining Coast Guard DGPS broadcast sites will begin in 2018, and will end with the last broadcast of GPS corrections over medium frequency in 2020.

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