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Marine Service Charts (MSC) - $1.251

Marine Service Charts (MSC) list frequencies, schedules and locations of stations disseminating NWS products. They also contain additional weather information of interest to the mariner. Charts are also available via the Internet as listed below.

Both sides of the charts are available, both in GIF and PDF formats. The front side of the charts shows the map and the back side shows the text that accompanies the chart. PDF format is helpful if you need to zoom in on a specific area of the chart. To view the PDF formats of the charts, you must have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer.

Note - As a result of budgetary constraints, these Marine Service Charts are no longer being updated and may contain outdated information. In some cases the amount and/or types of outdated information has resulted in the unfortunate situation that we can no longer justify continuing to make that chart available. Updated information can most often be found on the Marine Forecasts or NOAA Weather Radio webpages or from your Local Weather Forecast Office.

* N/A = No longer available

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Location Number GIF Format PDF Format
Eastport, ME to Montauk Point, NY MSC-1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Montauk Point, NY to Manasquan, NJ MSC-2 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Manasquan, NJ to Cape Hatteras, NC MSC-3 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cape Hatteras, NC to Savannah, GA MSC-4 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Savannah, GA to Apalachicola, FL MSC-5 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Apalachicola, FL to Morgan City, LA MSC-6 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Morgan City, LA to Brownsville, TX MSC-7 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mexican Border to Point Conception, CA MSC-8 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Point Conception, CA to Point St George, CA MSC-9 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Point St George, CA to Canadian Border MSC-10 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Great Lakes MSC-11/12 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hawaiian Waters MSC-13 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands MSC-14 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Alaskan Watersnew MSC-15 Front Back Front Back
Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands MSC-16 N/A N/A N/A N/A

OTHER PUBLICATIONS OF VALUE TO THE MARINER

NOAA PUBLICATIONS
Mariner's Weather Log Magazine
Voluntary Observing Ship Program Brochure (1999) Free6
NWS Observing Handbook NO.1 (05/10) Free 6
Marine Report User Guide
Worldwide Marine Radiofacsimile Broadcast Schedules (Feb 10, 2012)
NOAA Weather Radio Brochure (NOAA/PA 94070, 3/97) Free2
NOAA Weather Radio Handout (NOAA/PA 94061, 3/97) Free2
A Mariners Guide to Marine Weather Services - Great Lakes (NOAA/PA 98053) Free2
A Mariners Guide to Marine Weather Services - Coastal, Offshore, and High Seas (NOAA/PA 98054) Free2
Safe Boating Weather Tips (NOAA/PA 94058, 6/98) Free2
National Ocean Service Coast Pilot, Volumes 1-91
Directory of Private Weather Services - Free10
Hurricane brochures - Free10
Tropical Cyclones - A Preparedness Guide - Free10
Mariners Guide for Hurricane Awareness in the North Atlantic Basin (2.3 MB PDF)
TsunamiReady Brochure
 

NOAA SEA GRANT PUBLICATIONS
Lightning & Boats (NOAA/Sea Grant NCU-G-95-004)
Lightning & Sailboats (2009)
Lightning & Sailboats (1992) (NOAA/Sea Grant FLSGP-G-92-001)
Beach safety: protect yourself from lightning (NOAA/Sea Grant DELU-G-90-003)
Inadequacies in the US code for lightning protection of boats (NOAA/Sea Grant FLSGP-R-89-018)
BOATING - LIGHTNING PROTECTION (NOAA/Sea Grant FLSGP-G-85-001)
LIGHTNING: GROUNDING YOUR BOAT (NOAA/Sea Grant MDU-G-80-001)
LIGHTNING CONE OF PROTECTION (NOAA/Sea Grant MICHU-G-80-001)
Rip currents! Break the grip of the rip (NOAA/Sea Grant DELU-G-05-005)
STARFISHER'S LAST VOYAGE (NOAA/Sea Grant ORESU-G-75-004)
Safe boating tips (fact sheet) (NOAA/Sea Grant PENN-G-03-002)
 

NGA PUBLICATIONS
NGA Publication 117 "Radio Navigational Aids" (2005)...Includes CD 13
American Practical Navigator (Bowdich) Publication 9 (2002) - 13
Pilot Chart Atlas, 5 areas 13
Sailing Directions, 42 volumes13
U.S. Notices to Mariners13
U.S. Notices to Mariners #1, Special Notice to Mariners Paragraphs
 

U.S. COAST GUARD PUBLICATIONS
Reserved
 

NAVY PUBLICATIONS
U.S. NAVY Hurricane Havens/Heavy Weather Handbooks + more
 

Non-U.S. GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS
Canadian Coast Guard Radio Aids to Marine Navigation (RAMN) - $18.95 Cdn
The British Admiralty List of Radio Signals8

Volume 1 Coast Radio Stations (2 parts)
Volume 2 Radio Navigational Aids, Satellite Navigation Systems, Legal Time,
Radio Time Signals & Electronic Fixing Systems
Volume 3 Maritime Safety Information Services (2 Parts)
Volume 4 Meteorological Observation Stations
Volume 5 Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems
Volume 6 Pilot Services, Vessel Traffic Services & Port Operations (5 parts)

 

INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS
TSUNAMI The Great Waves  - Free 11
The SafetyNET Users Handbook  - Free
International SafetyNET Manual, 2011; IMO-908E12
NAVTEX Manual, 2012; IMO-951E12

GMDSS Handbook, 2011; IMO-970E12
SOLAS Consolidated Edition, 2009; IMO-110E12
WMO Publication 9 - Weather Reporting 15

Volume A - Observing Stations
Volume C1 - Meteorological Bulletins
Volume C2 - Transmission Programmes (Includes broadcast information)
Volume D - Information for Shipping (Includes broadcast information)

WMO Publication 471 - Guide to Marine Meteorological Services, Third edition; 200115
WMO Publication 558 - Manual On Marine Meteorological Services; 2012 edition15
Volume I Global Aspects
Volume II Regional Aspects

 

MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS
Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment 2009 Report
 
 

1. FAA, National Aeronautical Charting Office
    Distribution Division, AJW-3550
    10201 Good Luck Road
    Glenn Dale, Maryland 20769
    (301) 436-8301
    (800) 638-8972 toll free, U.S. only
    (301) 436-6829 FAX
    Email: 9-AMC-chartsales@faa.gov
    http://chartmaker.ncd.noaa.gov
    or your local chart agent:  http://chartmaker.ncd.noaa.gov/nsd/states.html

2. Available Internet: Via http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/index.html
    Or from your local National Weather Service Forecast Office.

6. (Some publications available only to ships participating in U.S. VOS program)
    National Weather Service
    Voluntary Observing Ship Operations Manager
    John Wasserman
    NDBC Bldg #1100
    Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
    (228) 688-1818
    (228) 688-3153 (fax)
    John.Wasserman@noaa.gov
    http://www.vos.noaa.gov
 
10.  National Weather Service
       Industrial Meteorology Staff
       1325 East-West Highway
       Silver Spring, MD 20910
       (301)-713-0258
       (301)-713-0610
       nws.im@noaa.gov
       http://www.nws.noaa.gov/im/

11.  International Tsunami Information Center
        737 Bishop St. Suite 2200
        Honolulu, HI 96813-3213
        808-532-6422
        808-532-5576 (FAX)
        itic@itic.noaa.gov
        http://www.prh.noaa.gov/itic/

12.  International Maritime Organization (IMO)
        4 Albert Embankment
        London SE1 7SR UK
        +44 207 7357611
        +44 207 5873210 FAX (general enquiries)
        +44 207 5873241 FAX (publication sales)
        Telex: 23588
        info@imo.org
        http://www.imo.org

13.  Available on-line and no longer printed by U.S. Government. Many NGA publications available
       from commercial vendors, see NGA webpage for references.

15. American Meteorological Society
    Attn: WMO Publications Center
    45 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02108 USA
    1-617-227-2425 Fax: 1-617-742-8718
    wmopubs@ametsoc.org
    http://www.wmo.int/e-catalog/index_en.php?SORT=N&q=
   
   



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