Wednesday, January 30, 2008


The Local Notice to Mariners is a USCG publication which is issued by each district as shown in the chart above. This publication lists changes in aides to navigation, chart changes, and other information that may be of interest to mariners.
In order to keep your charts current, you can subscribe to the local notice or check the online version to see what is going on in your area.

Once you follow the link to the Local Notice to Mariners you will see the chart above. Let's say you are delivering a boat to a location, you can click on the District section that you are in. Once you have selected your District, you will see a page of information, from which you can select the publication date you wish to see. You can then download the Local Notice in PDF or Word format. (If you do not have a PDF viewer or a Word97 viewer, you can download a free copy of either from the USCG Local Notice to Mariners home page.) To download the Local Notice for a particular week or for an entire month, simply click on the Word97 or PDF link. You can then read through the Local Notice and find any changes which might affect you.

To update your chart you would have to find all notices related to your area when the chart was published. This is possible, but not very practical. If you operate in a particular area you can go to the Local Notice to Mariners page to keep your personal charts up to date.