Nautical News
East View Launches New Nautical Website

MINNEAPOLIS - August 30, 2016 - East View Companies is proud to announce the launch of East View Nautical, the company's newest website, dedicated to maritime professionals and nautical enthusiasts. The site leverages East View's many partnerships with hydrographic agencies around the world to provide the latest paper, raster, and vector bathymetric data, seafloor DEM modeling, training charts and publications. The site includes content from Europe, North, Central and South America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East.
Sailing enthusiasts, national coast guards, cruise lines, or anyone else who needs accurate, detailed maps can visit to order print-on-demand charts for personal or business use. Using licensed content, acquired by sister company East View Geospatial, East View Nautical is able to create products that feature waypoints, track lines, vectorization, georeferencing, cropping and mosaicking, to ensure that users get an end product that meets their needs.

East View Companies is a proud partner of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States, as well as Hydrographique et Océanographique de la marine (SHOM), a French agency providing public service and support surrounding hyrography and nautical information. For more information about how to purchase Nautical Charts, please visit, or contact your East View representative.

View Certified as "Print-on-Demand" Agent for NOAA Charts

Minneapolis, Mn - April 4, 2014 - This week, Coast Survey certified East View Geospatial as a new print-on-demand chart printing agent and gives them the flexibility to offer different color palettes, various papers, a cleaner margin, and a range of services. As a premium service, for example, certified print agents are authorized to customize charts with user-specified overlays.

For the last 150 years, the federal government produced nautical charts using lithographic printing presses. Although chart-making techniques advanced from the 19th century's delicate hand-applied etchings on copper plates to a process that is now completely computer-based, the system remained based on printing large volumes of charts, then selling them from stock for years. Charts for sale were gradually more and more outdated until a new edition was printed. The print on demand system allows the changes made by Coast Survey cartographers to reach mariners much faster.

The information on the charts is still maintained by NOAA, and the charts are corrected with Notices to Mariners up to the week of purchase. All charts sold by NOAA-certified printing partners are NOAA charts and fully meet navigational requirements. The paper charts sold by the NOAA-certified printing agents meet carriage requirements for ships covered by Safety of Life at Sea regulations, specified in Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

East View Geospatial Becomes Official Distributor for NGA, NOAA, CHS, JHA and LINZ Nautical Charts

Minneapolis Mn - November 28, 2012 - In a continued effort to bring the nautical community novel and updated charts, East View Geospatial is proud to announce the recent signings of distribution contracts with the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), the Japanese Hydrographic Association (JHA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) , and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). These signings are reflective of EVG’s growing network of formal relationships with national mapping agencies around the world.

Nautical charts from these agencies are well-suited for research and bathymetric purposes as well as navigation aids. The charts are the most recent and up-to-date available and all the latest Notice to Mariners (NTMs) have been applied by their respective agencies. EVG sees a need for nautical charts in the research and academic communities; and in the maritime community for updated information and looks to partner with more agencies to offer customers the best and latest available products.

EVG Founder and CEO, Kent D. Lee, added “Nautical charts and other oceanographic geospatial data are still too difficult to purchase for the average customer. It’s a big area of flux. Many traditional users, especially naval organizations and commercial maritime users, have moved to digital navigational aids. At the same time customers with non-navigational interests have greater need for authoritative data over the world’s oceans, seas, rivers, and other water bodies. Academic research interest in climate change, boundary disputes, coastal monitoring and so on is a great driving force in this area, as is the need by commercial actors such as oil, gas, mining and wind energy planners. And most of these users also want a digital data experience using open GIS tools, not proprietary navigation systems. EVG is doing its best to reconcile the use cases of these new customers with the natural interests and traditional business models of the producing authorities, who are typically governmental hydrographic agencies whose budgets are under attack from many angles. Representing the full spectrum of paper products with these agencies is a good way to build trust and familiarity as we move towards comprehensive digital and paper relationships.”