ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Jeppesen, with its partners in the newly formed Alliance for Safe Navigation, recently published a white paper that examines common causes of boating accidents, property loss and injury and educates boaters about keeping safe by making sure they sail with up-to-date navigation charts.
The white paper, “Boat Smart, Update Your Charts,” is freely available through the Jeppesen Web site.
“The evidence clearly shows that too many boaters are sailing with old, outdated charts (or none at all), and that this contributes to an unacceptable number of grounding accidents in the U.S. each year,” Jeppesen Executive Ken Cirillo said in a release. “Whether navigating with paper charts or electronic charts, boaters need to have accurate chart data that incorporates all the latest changes and corrections. The industry has made important strides in updating marine cartography and making it readily available to the boating public. Now, we must focus on educating boaters about the need for updating and its many benefits, which can also include savings on boat insurance.”
In addition to Jeppesen, which provides electronic charts and maps for the marine, aviation and rail industries, Alliance for Safe Navigation partners include OceanGrafix, the United States Power Squadrons, the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) and the Sea Tow Foundation for Boating Safety and Education. In addition, the Office of Coast Survey, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has joined with the Alliance as a founding sponsor.