NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, has released an updated nautical chart for New York Harbor reflecting the changes Hurricane Sandy brought to one of the nation’s busiest harbors in October 2012.
In its newest edition, Chart 12334 — New York Harbor, includes new depth measurements and shoreline depictions based on data gathered in the navigational response to the damage left behind by “Frankenstorm.”
“This new chart edition is the first product of a multi-year post-Sandy charting plan,” said Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey.
Currently, with the help of private contractors, NOAA vessels are surveying scores of coastal areas that were affected by Sandy through this year and next and acquiring data that NOAA will use to update nearly two-dozen East Coast nautical charts.
A product of several federal agencies working together, the chart was generated in a fraction of the time it traditionally takes to map such a complex area.
“It normally takes more than a year, and sometimes four years or more in very complicated areas, to create a new chart edition,” Glang said. “In this case, we were able to use data we gathered to help the repair efforts at the Statue of Liberty, merge it with depth measurements collected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and push it ahead as a priority since the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is so essential to the nation’s economy.”
Beginning last April, a Coast Survey navigation response team armed with cutting-edge equipment started searching for underwater debris and mapped the new depths around Liberty and Ellis Island. The surveys were instrumental to reopening the Statue of Liberty in time for Independence Day.
The survey team also examined the many shipping channels near the islands as well as Port Authority’s Global terminal to ensure the safety of commercial shipping barges. According to NOAA, the team collected more than 578 million depth readings over 110 linear nautical miles.
The federal government will print the chart in traditional lithographic style for chart agents to sell starting later this month. The corresponding electronic navigational chart US5NY1C will be available for download in late January.
Boaters can download Chart 12334 for free as a print-on-demand nautical chart, digital PDF, or navigational raster chart by visiting www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov or by clicking here.