Marine Internet Information Sources

Roger J. Jones Roger J. Jones Consulting 414-248-0345


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This presentation is copyright Roger J. Jones Consulting 2009 and can be reproduced and distributed only with attribution. I prefer that you link to the distribution page as I update the presentation from time to time. The information is presented as a public service with no explicit or implied warrantees. There are thousands of pages of useful information that link from the starting pages I have provided, we could not cover them all in a full day seminar – go explore and enjoy! There are eight gagillion additional pages of maritime information on the Internet that don’t link from the pages I have provided, I can only whet your appetite to start your own search. All links were valid at the time of the presentation.

Who am I?

Owner of Roger J. Jones Consulting, a business consulting firm with emphasis on strategic Information Technology consulting for middle market companies. Assistant Store Manager of the Greenfield, (Milwaukee) Wisconsin West Marine store. Captain/Owner of Reboot, a Catalina 42 MK II WK sailboat. Vice Commodore of MAST (a Milwaukee sailboat racing club) Retired US Navy Captain (O-6)

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Safety Weather (US and Canada) Charts Publications Radio Communities Useful and/or Fun Stuff More links than you could ever follow

Safety (Recreational Boating Safety) (Recreational Boating Safety)

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Product Recalls Search and Rescue Information Publications Accident Reporting
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Regulations Forms

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Federal Regulations State Boating Laws Navigation Rules

Sample Product Recall Notice (US Coast Guard Search and Rescue) (US Coast Guard Search and Rescue)
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How to contact the US Coast Guard Manuals and Documents Amver (the way that the Coast Guard finds commercial vessels near you to come to your assistance) On Scene (the journal of US Coast Guard Search and Rescue)

(Print and put on your boat!) Canada Search and Rescue Information NGA Maritime Safety

Who the heck is NGA?

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Broadcast Warnings Notice to Mariners (Global) Many useful publications (we will revisit this site later in the presentation) ONI “Worldwide Threats to Shipping Reports”

NAVAREA Coverage

What is a broadcast warning?

Sample ONI Report (excerpt)
2. GULF OF ADEN: Yemen handed over ten pirates, 12 Mar 09. The coastguard in the Gulf of Aden received 10 pirates the international forces conducting anti-pirate patrols in the Arabian Sea had seized earlier off the Yemeni island of Socotra. Head of the Coastguard Ali Rasi said a Russian warship affiliated to the international forces captured the pirates three days ago on two boats while they were trying to take over a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden. Weapons were seized with the pirates that included machine guns and RPG launchers. The pirates along with weapons were handed over to Yemen within cooperation between the country and the world countries which have sent warships to the region to fight piracy and organized crime. Authorities are investigating the pirates as a prelude to refer them to prosecution (LM: Yemen Post).

Weather (national weather service marine home page)

Sample Internet Links (page 1)

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Marine Text Forecasts Radiofax Charts Weather Charts US Weather Maps Gridded and Vector Data Buoy Observations
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Mid-lake Shoreline – e.g. Milwaukee

Sample Internet Links (page 2)

Dissemination Information
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Internet Voice Broadcast Amateur “Ham” Radio “Nets” NAVTEX SITOR GMDSS And so on and so on and so on!!! International Buoy Data Lake Michigan Mid-Lake Buoy (South) Great Lakes Great Lakes Canada Marine Weather S GRIB (G


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All US Charts are copyright free US Charts come from:
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The Office of Coast Survey The Army Corps of Engineers

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Almost all other Nations’ charts are copyrighted There are multiple formats
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Paper Proprietary ENC (S-57) SOLAS Electronic The United States Office of Coast Survey (Charts)

Office of Coast Survey Information Available
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Paper Charts Print-on-Demand Charts Raster Navigation Charts – BSB (Free) Electronic Navigational Charts - ENC (Free) PocketCharts BookletChart Chart Updates (LNM and NM Corrections) Publications (we will discuss later)

BSB Chart Sample

Detailed Nobeltec Chart vs. ENC

Nobeltec Chart vs. ENC Inland (River

DNC vs. ENC Charts

DNC Charts are produced for Military and USCG use. They are only “free” in the same areas as ENC Charts (e.g. the US) Most navigation software can not render them.

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Local Notice to Mariners Background Information on:
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GPS LORAN C AIS Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Digital Selective Calling

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Link to Canadian Notice to Mariners (Notmar) Radio Information (more on that later)

9th Coast Guard District Edition 13/09

What is in a LNM?
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Special Notices Discrepancies Temporary Changes and Temporary Changes Corrected Chart Corrections Proposed Changes General Information Light List Corrections Publications Corrections Enclosures

Coast Pilot 6 for Milwaukee NGA Nautical Publications

NGA Nautical Publications (Free)(p
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American Practical Navigator – Bowditch Atlas of Pilot Charts (prevailing winds and currents) Chart 1 (index of nautical chart symbols, abbreviations and terms Distances between ports International Code of Signals Light Lists (USCG US lists) NGA List of Lights (oceans, not USCG list) Radar Navigation and Maneuvering Board Manual

American Practical Navigator Pub 9

Pilot Charts Sample, North Atlantic Ocean, April

Chart 1 Index of Symbols

International Code of Signals

Great Lakes Light List

Great Lakes Light List Milwaukee

NGA Nautical Publications (Free)(p (page 2)
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Radio Navigation Aids (Pub 117) Sailing Directions Enroute (coast and port information), Sailing Directions Planning Guides (information about countries adjacent to a particular ocean basin), Sight reduction tables for Air Navigation Sight reduction tables for Marine Navigation USCG Light List (one source, there are others) World Port Index

Radio Navigation Aids (Pub 117)

Sailing Directions (Enroute)

Sailing Directions (Enroute) Bay of Fundy

Sailing Directions (Planning Guides)

World Port Index (Pub 150) CIA World Fact Book Ship Captain’s Medical Guide Noonsite (Country Data for Cruising Sailors)

Radio USC UCS (Overview site, Mayday Procedures, etc.) Marine Oth

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EPIRB and GPIRB HF (High Frequency) and MF (Medium Frequency (SSB or “Sideband”) GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress & Safety System NAVTEX (Marine Coast Safety Broadcasts) Digital Selective Calling AIS (Automatic Identification System) EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) Marine HF and MF Radio Global Maritime Distress & Safety System NAVTEX

Sample NAVTEX Broadcast Digital Selective Calling Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) Autom Real time AIS traffic on Ve Free Global E-mail What if you just want to chat? Ham Radio Maritime Support Nets

Most maritime Ham nets have links to other maritime ham nets


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Great Lakes Cruising Club Seven Seas Cruising Association Cruiser Log World Cruising and Sailing Wiki Sailing Blogs Sailing Anarchy (without "Friday") Great Lakes Cruis

GLCC Port Pilot and Log Book Seven Seas Cruising Association Cruiser Log World Cruising and Sailing WIKI

Blogs Sailing Anarchy

Useful and/or Fun Stuff

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Celestial Navigation Conversions Log and Trig Sailings Time Zones Weather Data Sailing Cal United States N Google E

West Marine on Google Earth Free Nautical Book Downloads

More Links than you could ever follow! “The Mother of All Maritime Links”

The “Mother of all Maritime Links”


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