NOAA 2005-R406
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ben Sherman
2/2/05
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NOAA POSTS NEW UPDATES TO JACKSONVILLE NAUTICAL CHART
Safe Navigation Important to Super Bowl XXXIX Visitors

In preparation for the 2005 Super Bowl, NOAA has released a newly updated chart of the Jacksonville, Fla. port area. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, made the updates to the Jacksonville nautical chart a high priority in order to supply the city, cruise lines and the U.S. Coast Guard with the most accurate navigation information available for Jacksonville's waters. NOAA's Navigation Services programs provide up-to-date charting data to mariners to support the nation's commerce with information for safe and efficient transportation. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"NOAA's input and coordination were vital to the planning process for our Super Bowl events," said retired Coast Guard Captain Don Lewis, now executive director of the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange. "NOAA's charting division helped to develop an accurate nautical picture that was critical to the planning for the large cruise ship influx coming during Super Bowl week."

The Jacksonville charts project is directly linked to one of NOAA’s primary mission goals to support the nation’s commerce with information for safe, efficient, and environmentally sound transportation.

The project to update the charts began three years ago when the Jacksonville Port Authority and Harbor Pilots contacted NOAA's Southeastern Region Navigation Manager for surveying and charting support in anticipation of several world-class cruise ships arriving for the 2005 Super Bowl. The fleet of cruise ships will supplement the limited number of land-based hotel rooms available in the area.

To ensure that the cruise ships could anchor and navigate safely in the port, NOAA sent a Navigation Response Team (NRT) to conduct hydrographic surveys for water depths, seabed characteristics, and dangerous underwater features or obstructions. NOAA’s NRTs are small survey crews equipped to respond rapidly to incidents in ports where quick surveys are essential. In addition to the hydrographic surveys, NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey remapped the coastline in order to update the charts for natural and man-made shoreline changes.

The NOAA Office of Coast Survey’s Web site, http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov, provides information on how to obtain NOAA nautical charts in three formats, one version of which, the Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC), is available to the public for free download.

The Office of Coast Survey, a component of the NOAA Oceans and Coasts Service, has a long history as the oldest scientific organization in the United States, dating to 1807. Today the Office of Coast Survey is known for the useful and necessary navigational products that are required for the safe and efficient maritime commerce in and out of our nation's ports.

The NOAA Oceans and Coasts Service is dedicated to exploring, understanding, conserving, and restoring the nation’s coasts and oceans. The NOAA Oceans and Coasts Service balances environmental protection with economic prosperity in fulfilling its mission of promoting safe navigation, supporting coastal communities, sustaining coastal habitats and mitigating coastal hazards.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources.