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NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel to meet virtually: Public invited to participate in webinar-teleconference

NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel, which advises the NOAA administrator on marine transportation issues, will hold a virtual public meeting during the afternoon hours (Eastern Daylight Time) on May 7 and 8. The panel will receive updates on the NOAA navigation services and activities. Federal partners will also provide updates.

This two-day webinar and teleconference replaces the regularly scheduled in-person meeting in order to save costs. The public can participate and provide comments. Registration is required by May 1.

WHAT: NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel meeting topics include: 1) FY13 appropriations, FY14 budget request, Sandy Supplemental funding, and legislative updates; 2) Committee on Marine Transportation System updates; 3) integrated ocean and coastal mapping; 4) NOAA fleet composition plan; and 5) the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study. Details and meeting agenda are available.

WHEN: May 7 and 8, 1:00 to 5:00 pm EDT both days.

WHERE: Via webinar and teleconference.

HOW: To register, contact Kathy Watson, at 301-713-2770 ext. 158, or Kathy.Watson@noaa.gov. Registrations are on a first-come basis, accepted until 5 pm EDT, May 1.
    
WHO:    

  • Matthew Wellslager, chair, Hydrographic Services Review Panel
  • Members of the Hydrographic Services Review Panel
  • Kathryn D. Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary, NOAA
  • Holly Bamford, assistant administrator, NOAA National Ocean Service
  • Rear Admiral Michael S. Devany, director, NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
  • Rear Admiral Gerd F. Glang, director, NOAA's Office of Coast Survey
  • Helen Brohl, executive director, Committee on Marine Transportation System
  • Federal partners from the Army Corps of Engineers, Geological Survey, and Coast Guard.

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel is a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA Administrator on carrying out NOAA's navigation services mission, which is to ensure the safe, efficient, and environmentally sound movement of commerce along America's marine transportation system. 

 

NOAA starts 2013 post-Sandy surveys at Statue of Liberty

NRT5 Statue of Liberty
NRT5 surveys around Liberty Island to help re-open the icon.

NOAA kicked off its spring season for post-Sandy hydrographic work on April 11, as a navigation response team -- equipped with high-tech surveying equipment -- began a search for underwater storm debris and mapped the depths surrounding Liberty Island.

Coast Survey's Navigation Response Team 5 was one of the first in-water responders to help re-open the Port of New York and New Jersey immediately after Hurricane Sandy hit last year. They are returning now at the request of the National Park Service, which is working to re-establish safe navigation and docking at the Statue of Liberty, in preparation for its planned re-opening on the Fourth of July.

Dr. David Conlin, chief of the National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center, expressed his appreciation for the special survey.

 

"The Park Service needs highly qualified hydrographic assistance as we move forward with repairs to Liberty Island's permanent docks and as we make sure surrounding waters are safe for passenger ferries and private vessels," Conlin explained. "We are very pleased that Coast Survey is stepping up to help re-open this icon for the American people."

Equipped with multibeam echo-sounding technology and side scan sonar, NRT5 is locating storm debris and identifying areas that have depths suitable for the installation of temporary floating docks. If NRT5 finds a danger to navigation, they provide the information to Coast Survey cartographers. If warranted, Coast Survey will publish a Notice to Mariners, and distribute the NM to the U.S. Coast Guard. The team will deliver survey results (including any pertinent images) to the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center.   

Updated Arctic chart mitigates risk
Until last month, Chart 16304 lacked depth measurements.
Coast Survey adds depth measurements to Chart 16304

When we say that many Arctic charts are lacking information critical to navigation, we're not overstating the issue. A case in point was the 2005 edition of Chart 16304, depicting the mouth of Kuskokwim River to the City of Bethel, in Alaska. This was a preliminary chart with no hydrography, no depth measurements whatsoever. That has now been rectified, with this month's update.

Read more, and see what a difference contemporary shoreline and hydrography can make.
 
New edition of Coast Pilot 5 available now

Hard-bound copies available in three weeks

Coast Pilot 5 2013 The Office of Coast Survey recently announced that the U.S. Coast Pilot 5, Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands, 41st Edition, has been issued and is ready for free download and weekly updates. Print-on-Demand (POD) bound copies are also available for purchase.

 

Many mariners prefer the traditional books, and so NOAA continues to print new editions annually for those customers. The printed copies of Coast Pilot 5 will be available in about three weeks from authorized chart agents and their sales outlets. Check agent listings. Price $30.00.

 

The 2013 edition cancels the preceding 2012 edition, and incorporates all previous corrections.

 

See more information on the updated editions of the United States Coast Pilot.
 
Do you need a new chart edition?

New web notices describe changes

So, you see that Coast Survey has issued a new edition of a chart you use... How do you know what changes we've made? We wanted to make it easy for you to check the changes, so we are now adding brief descriptions to our Standing Order Notice webpage. Keep your charts up to date and stay safe!
 
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