NOAA to Sunset Raster Nautical Charts & Introduce Custom Charts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is undertaking a five-year program to end all raster and paper nautical chart production. Ultimately, production of all NOAA paper nautical charts, raster navigational charts (NOAA RNC), and related products, such as BookletCharts, will cease. NOAA is seeking feedback from chart users and companies that provide products and services based on NOAA raster and electronic navigational chart (NOAA ENC) products. This information will shape the manner and timing in which the product sunsetting process will proceed. Read the NOAA Sunset Plan released November 14, 2019 for more details.

Comments are due by midnight, February 1, 2020. Submit comments on the Sunsetting of Raster Nautical Charts through NOAA’s ASSIST feedback tool at or via mail to National Ocean Service, NOAA (NCS2), ATTN: Sunset of Raster Charts, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3282.

Click here – NOAA Sunset Raster Chart Federal Register Notice – to view NOAA’s notice/request for comments in the Federal Register.