Chart Related Information
The following Australian and Admiralty publications should be referred to when using Australian Hydrographic Office (AHO) published paper charts and AusENC. Note: you should ensure that charts and publications are kept corrected.
|Symbols, Abbreviations & Terms Used on Australian Charts|
Notices to Mariners #17 - Symbology Used on Australian Navigational Charts
These publications satisfy Chapter V of the SOLAS Convention and promulgated for Australia under AMSA Marine Order 27 (Safety of navigation and radio equipment) 2016, which details carriage requirements for nautical charts and publications necessary for the intended voyage.
(1) Current editions of Sailing Directions and their latest supplements.
(2) Admiralty List of Lights and Fog Signals
(3) Admiralty List of Lights and Fog Signals (Digital)
(4) Admiralty List of Radio Signals
(5) Tidal Publications
(6) Distance Tables
(7) Miscellaneous Publications
For more information about British Admiralty publications, please visit www.ukho.gov.uk.
Australian Paper Charts and ENCs are compiled in accordance with specifications published by the International Hydrographic Organisation (see Other Related Information). These IHO specifications allow for some tailoring to meet individual circumstances and requirements. To ensure consistency within the limits of the IHO specifications, the Australian Hydrographic Service has developed additional specifications, to be read in conjunction with those published by the IHO. Published Australian specifications are periodically updated and include:
- SPEC_05_55_AA34159_AUOC - Australian Use of the Object Catalogue (Edition 22). (Based on: S-57 (EDITION 3.1) APPENDIX B.1, Annex A - Use of the Object Catalogue for ENC, Edition 4.0.0)
- SPEC_05_55_AA237656 - SPECIFICATION - AHO SCAMIN and ATTRIBUTE POLICY (including ENC CELL COMPILATION SCALE VALUES)
AHO SCAMIN Policy
- SPEC_05_55_AA223480 - AUSTRALIAN PAPER CHART SPECIFICATIONS. (Based on: Chart Specifications of the IHO (S-4), Part B Medium and Large Scale Charts)
AHO Paper Chart Specs
- SPEC_05_55_AA230048 - SPECIFICATION - AUSTRALIAN PAPER CHART TEXT FEATURES & ENC ‘OBJNAM’ CONVENTIONS.
AHO Text Specs
Use of these specifications is encouraged where this will assist in harmonisation between the paper charts and ENCs published by other hydrographic authorities. It must be noted that in some cases these documents are a composite of AHS and associated IHO information. Permission must therefore be sought from the IHO and AHS if any part of these documents is to be re-published in any way.
|S-4 - Regulations of the IHO for International (INT) Charts & Chart Specifications of the IHO|
S-4 Chart Specifications of the IHO
|S-66 - Facts about Electronic Charts and Carriage Requirements|
Written in an easy to read “question and answer” style, this publication answers over twenty of the most commonly asked questions about electronic charts (ENCs and RNCs) and their use in ECDIS and ECS. Its main emphasis is on what types of chart data and types of equipment can be used to satisfy the International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) carriage requirements for charts. It contains the following information:
Section 1: Overview of electronic charting and regulations
Note: The document was originally produced by the Primar and IC-ENC Regional ENC Coordination Centres (RENCs). In 2008 it was adopted by the IHO and following further revision it was published in January 2010 as IHO publication S-66.
|IHO - Publication Downloads|
|IHO Catalogue of Publications
The IHO has many publications that are available for download. Some are freely available, while others are available for a small fee or to IHO members and Subscribers.
Used with permission.