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NOAA goes off the (paper) charts

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It's the end of an era: NOAA announced this week it will no longer make traditional paper nautical charts. Effective April 13, 2014, the government will only provide other forms of nautical charts, including print-on-demand charts and versions for electronic charting systems. Capt. Shep Smith, chief of the Marine Chart Division for NOAA's Office of Coast Survey, said that the print-on-demand charts, which already are in wide use, provide benefits over the traditional maps. more

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