Posted Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Cruise ship traffic congestion around the Port of Miami should be eased somewhat with NOAA's release of the 44th edition of Miami Harbor nautical chart 11468. The new edition will help alleviate congestion at the Port of Miami - the worlds' busiest cruise port - by giving ship pilots a better display of the approach into the port.
The previous Chart 11468 showed only half of the precautionary area where vessels congregate before coming into port.
"At the request of pilots and port officials, NOAA reworked the old chart and covered more area," said Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, director of NOAA's Office of Coast Survey. "The cruise industry needed better chart coverage of the entire precautionary area to remove risks to navigation."
The new edition also includes updated depth measurements gathered in February by a NOAA vessel that conducted a fast-paced hydrographic survey of 64 square nautical miles of critical area. Their survey also found four underwater obstructions and a wreck in the shipping channels, which were added to the new edition.
Chart 11468 Miami Harbor is now available as a paper print-on-demand nautical chart, as a free PDF download, and as a free raster navigational chart for electronic display systems. It is also the last new chart edition that the federal government will bulk-print using traditional lithography. The corresponding electronic navigational chart US5FL22 will be available for download in early May.
Click here to see the updated chart: [LINK]http://www.charts.noaa.gov/PDFs/11468.pdf[/LINK]