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Marine Internet

Information Sources

Roger J. Jones
Roger J. Jones Consulting
http://www.rjjconsulting.com
414-248-0345
Disclaimers
 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)
Agenda
 Safety
 Weather (US and Canada)
 Charts
 Publications
 Radio
 Communities
 Useful and/or Fun Stuff
 More links than you could ever follow
Safety
http://www.uscgboating.org/
(Recreational Boating Safety)
http://www.uscgboating.org/
(Recreational Boating Safety)

 Safety
 Product Recalls
 Search and Rescue Information
 Publications
 Accident Reporting
 Regulations
 Forms
 Federal Regulations
 State Boating Laws
 Navigation Rules
Sample Product Recall Notice
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg534/default.asp (US
Coast Guard Search and Rescue)
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg534/default.asp (US
Coast Guard Search and Rescue)

 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)
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg534/Contact_CG.asp
(Print and put on your boat!)
http://www.nss.gc.ca/site/index_e.asp
Canada Search and Rescue Information
http://www.nga.mil/portal/site/maritime/index.jsp?front_door=true

NGA Maritime Safety


Who the heck is NGA?

 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
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/home.htm
(national weather service marine home page)
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/internet.htm
(internet links page)
THIS IS A MUST VISIT PAGE FOR WEATHER INFORMATION
LINKS!
Sample Internet Links (page 1)

 Marine Text Forecasts


 Radiofax Charts
 Weather Charts
 US Weather Maps
 Gridded and Vector Data
 Buoy Observations
 Mid-lake
 Shoreline – e.g. Milwaukee
Sample Internet Links (page 2)

 Dissemination Information
 Internet
 Voice Broadcast
 Amateur “Ham” Radio “Nets”
 NAVTEX
 SITOR
 GMDSS
 And so on and so on and so on!!!
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/
International Buoy Data
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=45007
Lake Michigan Mid-Lake Buoy (South)
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/forecast.htm#glfM
http://weather.noaa.gov/pub/data/raw/fz/fzus53.kmkx.ns
http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/ Great Lakes
http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/ Great Lakes
http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/marine/index_e.html

Canada Marine Weather


http://www.goes.noaa.gov/browse2.html S
http://www.lib.noaa.gov/researchtools/subjectgu
http://www.globalmarinenet.net/grib.htm GRIB (G
Charts
Background
 All US Charts are copyright free
 US Charts come from:
 The Office of Coast Survey
 The Army Corps of Engineers
 Almost all other Nations’ charts are copyrighted
 There are multiple formats
 Paper
 Proprietary
 ENC (S-57) SOLAS Electronic
http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/
The United States Office of Coast Survey (Charts)
Office of Coast Survey
Information Available
 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
http://www.tec.army.mil/echarts/inlandnav/ 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.
Publications
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/lnm/
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/lnm/
 Local Notice to Mariners
 Background Information on:
 GPS
 LORAN C
 AIS
 Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
 Digital Selective Calling
 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?
 Special Notices
 Discrepancies
 Temporary Changes and Temporary Changes
Corrected
 Chart Corrections
 Proposed Changes
 General Information
 Light List Corrections
 Publications Corrections
 Enclosures
http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/cpdownload.htm
Coast Pilot 6 for Milwaukee
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/mwv/navrules/download.htm
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/mwv/navrules/download.ht
http://www.nga.mil/portal/site/maritime/?epi_menuItemID=35ad5b8

NGA Nautical Publications


NGA Nautical Publications (Free)(p
 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)
 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)
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
CIA World Fact Book
http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga07-home/workinga

Ship Captain’s Medical Guide


http://www.noonsite.com/
Noonsite (Country Data for Cruising
Sailors)
Radio
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/default.htm USC
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/boater.htm UCS

(Overview site, Mayday Procedures, etc.)


http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/vhf.htm Marine
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/boater.htm Oth

 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)
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/gmdss/epirb.htm

EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon)


http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/high_frequency/default.htm

Marine HF and MF Radio


http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/gmdss/default.htm
Global Maritime Distress & Safety System
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/gmdss/navtex.htm
NAVTEX
Sample NAVTEX Broadcast
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/gmdss/dsc.htm

Digital Selective Calling


http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/gmdss/mmsi.ht

Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI)


http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/enav/ais/default.htm Autom
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/ Real time AIS traffic on
https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/mwv/vts/vts_home.htm Ve
http://www.winlink.org/
Free Global E-mail
http://mmsn.org/
What if you just want to chat?
Ham Radio Maritime Support Nets
Most maritime Ham nets have
links to other maritime ham
nets
Communities
Communities
 Great Lakes Cruising Club
 Seven Seas Cruising Association
 Cruiser Log
 World Cruising and Sailing Wiki
 Sailing Blogs
 Sailing Anarchy (without "Friday")
http://www.glcclub.com/ Great Lakes Cruis
GLCC Port Pilot and Log
Book
http://ssca.org/cgi-bin/pagegen.pl?pg=home&title=Hom

Seven Seas Cruising Association


http://www.cruiser.co.za/
Cruiser Log
http://www.cruiserlog.com/wiki/index.php?title=C
http://www.cruiserlog.com/wiki/index.php?title=

World Cruising and Sailing WIKI


Blogs
http://www.sailinganarchy.com/index_page1.php

Sailing Anarchy
Useful and/or Fun Stuff
http://www.nga.mil/portal/site/maritime/?epi_menuItemID=0feacf38

 Celestial Navigation
 Conversions
 Log and Trig
 Sailings
 Time Zones
 Weather Data
http://www.sailingusa.info/cal_wind_load.htm Sailing Cal
http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO United States N
http://earth.google.com/ Google E
West Marine on Google
Earth
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
http://manybooks.net/categories/NAU

Free Nautical Book Downloads


More Links than you could
ever follow!
http://www.boat-links.com/boatlink.html
“The Mother of All Maritime Links”
The “Mother of all Maritime
Links”
QUESTIONS
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