UKHO TO START CHARGING FOR PAPER COPIES OF THE NOTICE TO MARINERS

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has informed that as of week 40 2002 the UKHO will start charging 2.00 GBP (approx 3 USD) for the paper copies of the Notice to Mariners (NtM). The final price from the chart agents has yet to be determined. Until now the British NtM has always been free.

In addition, the US authorities, such as NIMA and USCG, are planning to completely stop producing paper copies of the NtM by the end of the year. Private companies are likely to take over the printing of paper copies, with the result that the NtM will no longer be free. A conservative estimate of the price is around 5 USD/week and vessel.

We will keep members advised.