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Suitability Aus charts are official paper nautical charts published by the Australian Hydrographic Office AHOAustralia's national charting authority.

For further details visit the AMSA website www. Recreational vessels to sail both inshore and offshore. See AMSA Marine Orders Part 27 Safety of navigation and radio equipmentwhich details carriage requirements for nautical charts and publications necessary for the intended voyage.

For more information about the use of paper charts in Australian waters, see Paper Charting Information. Australian Indexes of paper nautical charts are available in paper form and as an interactive on-line catalogue.

The paper indexes are published annually in January in two sheets as follows: The online catalogue, known as the Australian Chart Indexcontains information up-to-date to the latest published British admiralty chart symbols Notices to Mariners Edition.

Aus and SLB british admiralty chart symbols included provide coverage of major shipping routes and commercial ports.


Aus and SLB charts which british admiralty chart symbols not reproduced by the UKHO are not listed in their catalogue but the limits are shown on the face of their reproductions. In September the jack-up barge Octopus ran aground on an uncharted sea mount within the Orkney Islands United Kingdom while being towed by the tug Harold.

As stated in the Mariners Handbook and subsequent accident report: Every chart is liable to be incomplete". It belongs to the so-called plane chart model, where observed latitudes and magnetic directions are plotted directly into the plane, with a constant scale, as if the Earth's surface were a flat plane Portuguese National Archives british admiralty chart symbols Torre do Tombo, Lisbon The Mercator projection is used on the vast majority of nautical charts.

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Since the Mercator projection is conformalthat is, bearings in the chart are identical to the corresponding angles in nature, courses plotted on the chart may be used directly as the course-to-steer at the helm. The gnomonic projection is used for charts intended for plotting british admiralty chart symbols great circle routes.

NOAA uses the polyconic projection for some of its charts of the Great Lakesat both large and small scales. A bearing is the angle between the line joining the two points of interest and the line from one of the points to the north, such as a ship's course or a compass reading to a landmark.

On nautical charts, the top of the chart is always true british admiralty chart symbolsrather than magnetic northtowards which a compass points.


Most charts include a compass rose depicting the variation between magnetic and true north. However, the use of the Mercator projection is not without its drawbacks.

Mercator's technique was to make the lines of longitude parallel. On the real globe, the lines of longitude converge as one goes north or south away from the equator, until they meet at the pole. This distortion means that horizontal distances are exaggerated.

Mercator's solution, british admiralty chart symbols as it might be, was to british admiralty chart symbols the distance between lines of latitude in proportion; in a Mercator's projection map, a square is a square no matter where you are on the chart, but a square on the Arctic Circle is much bigger than a square at the equator, even though both occupy the same number of degrees on the globe.

The result of this is that scale in a nautical chart is dependent on latitude. In practical use, this is less of a problem than it sounds.