New NOAA Nautical Chart for San Juan Harbor Now Available from OceanGrafix

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Larger vessels now can more safely navigate port of San Juan.

OceanGrafix, the first and only company to offer NOAA print-on-demand (POD) nautical charts, debuted a new NOAA chart today, 25669, for San Juan Bay, Puerto Rico.
The largest port in the Caribbean, San Juan Bay’s traffic has tripled over the last 20 years and is projected to increase even more with the Panama Canal improvements slated for 2014.

Previously, vessels approaching the Port of San Juan used a 1:100,000 scale chart that provides few details for safe harbor entry. Alternatively, once inside the harbor, captains referred to NOAA’s 1:10,000 scale chart, which provides very specific information. Needless to say, navigating between a chart with minimal details and another with great detail proved challenging for captains. Now, using the new chart (named Approaches to San Juan), captains can more accurately approach the port thanks to the new chart’s 1:20,000 scale.

“Captains approaching this port were finding themselves too far right of the port entrance, and the very real threat of grounding, chemical spills and damage to fragile coral reefs is nothing to be taken lightly,” explains OceanGrafix President Ron Walz. “More and more ocean-going vessels are using this port, and this new print-on-demand chart will help ensure their safe navigation.”

About OceanGrafix

St. Paul, Minnesota-based OceanGrafix (http://www.oceangrafix.com) is the first and only company to offer NOAA print-on-demand nautical charts for recreational and commercial boaters. Working in partnership with NOAA, the company ensures distribution of the most accurate, up-to-date NOAA paper charts.

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