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NOAA to stop printing paper charts

posted Oct 23, 2013, 10:52 AM by Bob Mueller   [ updated Oct 28, 2013, 5:26 AM ]
Effective April 13, 2014, NOAA will longer offer traditional lithographic paper charts.  NOAA will continue to provide other forms of nautical charts, including print-on-demand charts and versions for electronic charting systems.

Since 1862, lithographic nautical charts — available in marine shops and other stores — have been printed by the U.S. government and sold to the public by commercial vendors. The decision to stop production is based on several factors, including a declining demand for lithographic charts, the increasing use of digital and electronic charts and federal budget realities.

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