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

June 7, 2017

Hello Coast Survey,

As many of you are aware, the public comment period for the draft National Charting Plan closed on June 1. During the last week of May, we received numerous comments on the plan, most of which stemmed from misinterpretations by a few online media journals. Keeping the mariner safe is our top priority and it was important that we clarify our vision for NOAA paper nautical charts and raster navigational charts (RNCs) in a concise manner.

I appreciate the efforts of John Nyberg, Colby Harmon, and Andy Kampia who drafted the response to these inquiries. For those of you who interact frequently with our customers, this response is a great resource to have on hand. In essence, the draft plan does not offer a timeline for ending the production of NOAA paper charts or RNCs. Due to continued interest in this topic, we will be accepting comments until July 1.

One thing is for certain, I am proud of this plan and the work that has gone into seeing that our mariners are equipped with the best products we can provide. I look forward to keeping the dialogue open as we focus on improving our products.

Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith