Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Chart Carriage Requirements

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is responsible for establishing regulations that govern nautical chart and publication carriage requirements in U.S. waters. These regulations can be found in Title 33 and Title 46 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Other recent Federal Register Notices issued by the USCG and NOAA also address current policies.

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 46 CFR

Shipping

Title 33 CFR, Part 164

Navigation and Navigable Waters, Navigation Safety Regulations

Title 15 CFR, Part 995

Certification Requirements for Distributors of NOAA Hydrographic Products

Federal Register Notices

Federal Register July 14, 2004: Vol. 69, No. 134

Carriage of Navigation Equipment for Ships on International Voyages

Federal Register August 15, 2002: Vol. 67, No. 158

Carriage of Navigation Equipment for Ships on International Voyages

Federal Register June 10, 2002: Vol. 67, Number 111

Identification of Items that are “Nautical Charts'' under 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea

USCG Circulars

Navigational and Vessel Inspection Circular No. 01-16 (NVIC 01-16)

Use of Electronic Charts and Publications in Lieu of Paper Charts, Maps, and Publications

Revised: 10/2/2017