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NOAA/NGA Reference Publications

A wealth of nautical knowledge is available from the U. S. Government:

  • Chart No. 1--all the symbols, abbreviations, and terms found on nautical charts
  • Distances Between Ports--available for U. S. and international destinations
  • Navigation Rules--Includes the COLREGS.  If your vessel is more than 40' long, it's likely to be required on board
  • International Code of Signals--Documents the flags, bells, whistles, and other signaling devices you might encounter
  • Radar Navigation Manual and Maneuvering Board Manual--explains how to plot vectors for collision avoidance
  • World Port Index--a listing of ports (with lat/lon) and services worldwide
  • Chemical Data Guide--explains procedures for handing bulk shipments
  • USCG 515--documents selected regulations from CFR's 33 and 46 that relate to all non-U. S. flagged vessels from design and equipment to operating procedures while in U. S. waters.
Ordering Information
117722 Chart No. 1
Symbols used by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), NOAA, and NGA.  Sections also show the typical layout of a U. S. chart plus examples of charted tide data.
$9.95
 
117822 Distances Between Ports
Pub. 151.  Distances between worldwide ports over routes that afford the safest passage.  Departure Ports are listed alphabetically with distances to arrival ports listed below.
$18.95
 
117730 Distances Between U. S. Ports
Point-to-point distance data for ports in the U. S. plus distance from Great Lakes to Canadian Ports
$7.95
 
117765 Navigation Rules:  International - Inland
Includes International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), inland navigation rules, and international rules.  Inland rules are compared side-by-side with international rules to help define their differences. 
$14.95
 
117733 International Code of Signals
Pub. 102.  Descriptions plus photos for all signals:  visual, sound, and radio.  Focused on situations related to safety of navigation and personnel.
$29.95
 
117755 Radar Navigation and Maneuvering Board Manual
Includes both Publications 1310 and 217.  Includes expanded chapters on ARPA, operating manual for modern commercial radar.
$44.95
 
117830 World Port Index
Pub. 150.  Location, characteristics, know facilities, and available services of major ports, shipping facilities, and oil terminals throughout the world.
$49.95
 
117724 Chemical Data Guide
USCG Guidelines for safe transport of bulk chemicals.  Documents characteristics of a number of chemical hazards
$38.95
 
117828 USCG 515
Rules and Regulations for Foreign Vessels Operating in the Navigable Waters of the U. S.  Two volume set includes CD-ROM of the text.  Updates included.
$274.95
 
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