Launch of ADMIRALTY Small Craft Chart Service
In October last year, the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) announced the launch of its ADMIRALTY Small Craft Chart Service – formerly known as ADMIRALTY Leisure Chart Folios. The service brings important safety, quality and flexibility benefits to all marine users who depend on these charts.
ADMIRALTY Small Craft Chart Service contain A2 charts to support coastal navigation around the UK. These charts are quality assured by maritime experts at the UKHO and users can purchase charts that are relevant to their needs individually without being required to purchase the full regional folio.
Through this updated product, all users – spanning small craft fishing fleet, leisure yachtsmen, infrastructure maintenance workboats, motorboat cruisers, ocean racing skippers, small tourist cruise boats as well as other small craft mariners – are provided with seamless access to the data required to support their navigational decision-making and maintain safety of life at sea.
All charts will be aligned with the new editions of SOLAS-compliant ADMIRALTY Standard Nautical Charts (SNCs), ensuring users have the same access to the latest navigational information for safe passage in UK waters.
Users will have the latest updated versions of chart images, which may be as frequent as after every Notices to Mariners (NM) update, meaning users can purchase a new chart instead of manually applying NMs to an existing chart. Users will also be able to apply the standard NMs using NMWebsearch which can be obtained via a QR code on the chart.
Users of the pre-existing ADMIRALTY Leisure Chart Folios will continue to be supported until at least October 2022 with NMs, either through the continued publication of Leisure NMs or by using the link between the Folio charts and SNCs to apply the standard NMs. However, Folio charts should be replaced by the equivalent new edition Small Craft Chart once a new edition of the source SNC has been published to ensure users have the latest navigational information.
In addition, the UKHO has made the charts available through a Print-on-Demand (POD) service, purchasable via an ADMIRALTY Distributor or local chandlery.