New industry alliance promotes navigation safety

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is sponsoring a new alliance of industry companies and organizations that will stress to recreational boaters the importance of up-to-date navigational information.

The Alliance for Safe Navigation is comprised of BoatU.S., Jeppesen, the United States Power Squadrons, OceanGrafix and the Sea Tow Foundation for Boating Safety and Education.

"We identified a widespread lack of awareness among boaters regarding the accuracy of their charts, whether electronic or paper," OceanGrafix president David DeGree said in a statement. "The truth is that inaccurate chart information can turn a safe and enjoyable cruise into a dangerous situation."

Unlike commercial mariners, who are required by law to carry up-to-date charts, recreational boaters are not held to the same regulation and not required to have any charts on board.

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