UKHO To Stop Paper Charts

Traditional navigational chart
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In order to put more of a focus on its digital navigation products and services, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has declared that it would stop producing paper charts for the whole world by the end of 2026 in order to concentrate more on its digital navigation services and products.

In response to increased maritime, naval, and leisure customers relying largely on digital goods and services for navigation, plans are being made to remove the UKHO's portfolio of ADMIRALTY Standard Nautical Charts (SNCs) and Thematic Charts. The ability to update the digital navigation portfolio of ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions in almost real-time significantly improves the safety of life at sea (SOLAS).

It is projected that the progressive elimination of paper charts from production would be completed by the end of 2026. For industries currently employing paper charts, we will simultaneously provide practical, authorized digital replacements.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), in addition to other regulatory authorities, hydrographic offices, industry partners, and distributors, will be closely involved in this process' careful management.

“We understand the significance of this announcement, given the distinguished history of the UKHO’s paper chart production and the trust that mariners have placed in ADMIRALTY charts over the generations. We will support users of SNCs during the withdrawal of our paper chart portfolio and work with our distributors to help users switch to digital alternatives between now and our planned date of 2026,” said Chief Executive of the UKHO Peter Sparkes.

“As one of the world’s leading authorities on navigational charts, the UKHO is well positioned to recognise the need to deliver a range of digital solutions that enhance safety and data accuracy. The decision to focus on digital products and services makes strategic and commercial sense, helping usher in a new era of maritime navigation, which will be powered by digital innovations,” said Minister of State at the UK government’s Ministry of Defence Baroness Goldie.

Visit the ADMIRALTY’s website for more details on UKHO's methodical withdrawal of paper chart manufacturing.