Mariners have opportunity to tell NOAA, Coast Guard, and Army Corps of Engineers what they need for navigational and voyage planning.
NOAA‘s Office of Coast Survey is joining the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as hosts of a series of public discussions on navigational aid technology and information requirements. Coast Survey particularly wants to hear from mariners about their informational needs as they make navigational and voyage planning decisions.
“Mariners have unprecedented access to data and information streams, but are they getting the right information in the form they need it, when they need it?” asks Capt. Jon Swallow, chief of Coast Survey’s Navigation Services Division. “Do navigators have the information they need for decisions on the bridge? What kind of information do ships need for smarter voyage planning?”
“NOAA is transforming navigational information into digital and electronic formats, and hearing from the men and women who use that data can help guide our future product development,” Swallow says.
The public listening sessions are scheduled around the country, to give the maritime community — both professional and recreational mariners — and waterways stakeholders opportunities to tell federal officials about their emerging needs for navigational information and service delivery systems.
For more information on particular sessions, check with the NOAA navigation manager in your region. If you are unable to attend any session, you can always provide comments through Coast Survey’s Nautical Inquiry & Comment System.