British Admiralty Charts (BAC) BA chart (BAC) is the paper product of the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO). It is one of the most widely used nautical charts in shipping. Its worldwide series consist of over 3,300 paper charts offering worldwide coverage. BA charts consist mainly of Standard Navigational Charts (SNC) from serial number BAC 0001 to 4999 and including 5500, 5501, 5502. These come in different scales and are used mainly for navigation and passage planning.
Standard Navigational Charts are regularly updated and corrected by the weekly Admiralty Notices to Mariners to ensure they are updated with the latest navigational information and thus enhancing safe navigation.
Other miscellaneous BA charts consist of Routeing Charts from serial number BAC 5124-01 to 5128-12.These contain meteorological and oceangraphic information and are used for passage planning.Gnomonic Charts from serial number BAC 5095 to 5099 are used for Great Circle sailing passage planning. Mercator Plotting Sheets from serial number BAC D6321 to D6343 and Ocean Plotting Sheets from serial number BAC 5330 to 5349 are for ship position plotting during ocean passage. Other miscellaneous BA charts also include Magnetic Variation Charts (BAC 5374 to 5399), Meteorological Working Charts (BAC B6032 to B6995), Instructional Charts for training and examination purposes (BAC 5041 to 5119), Tidal Charts (BAC 5057 to 5084), Leisure Folios for leisure craft (SC 5600 – 5643) etc.
Australian Charts (AUS) Australian chart is the paper product of the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Service (AHS) located in Wollongong, Australia. It consists of over 400 paper charts covering mainly Australian waters and its surrounding. Australian charts are updated by the Australian Notices to Mariners, which are issued fortnightly.
New Zealand Charts (NZ) Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) produces the New Zealand charts covering mainly New Zealand waters and its surrounding. New Zealand charts are updated by the New Zealand Notices to Mariners, which are issued fortnightly.
US Charts (NOAA/NOS) & (NGA) US charts covering coastal US waters are produce by the US Office of Coast Survey (OCS). It is part of the National Ocean Service (NOS) of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The charts are updated weekly by the US Notices to Mariners. Selected US charts are available “Print-on-Demand” which are up-to-date at the time of order.
Japanese Charts (JP) Japanese charts are produced by the Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) and distributed by the Japan Hydrographic Association to its chart agents like DPM. Japanese charts cover Japanese coastal waters, Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. Selected Japanese charts are also available in English. Japanese charts are updated by the weekly Japanese Notices to Mariners.