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We produce over 3300 Standard Nautical Charts and a wide range of thematic charts for specialist requirements.

ADMIRALTY Standard Nautical Charts comply with Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations and are ideal for professional, commercial and recreational use. Charts within the series consist of a range of scales, useful for passage planning, ocean crossings, coastal navigation and entering port. 

Mariners should always use the largest scale nautical chart appropriate to their needs. In particularly busy seaways such as the English Channel, Gulf of Suez and the Malacca and Singapore Straits, the standard nautical charts are supplemented by mariners' routeing guides which provide advice on route planning in these complex areas.

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These are specialist charts providing additional information which can be used alongside the standard nautical charts.

Load Line Regulations

Merchant Shipping (Load Line) Regulations cover the draught to which vessels subject to SOLAS regulations may be loaded in designated zones across the world. The Load Line Chart (D6083) reflects changes made in the 1998 Merchant Shipping Regulations and includes the latest designated zones and seasonal periods relating to load line rules.

Maritime Security Charts

Maritime Security Charts contain security related information for mariners relating to the geographical area of the chart. They also include details of reporting schemes and regional contacts, as well as general security advice. The security charts should be used in conjunction with standard nautical charts and publications. For more information, see the Security Related Information to Mariners page, which includes downloads for all the charts.

The World Time Zone Chart

This chart was originally devised so that mariners, in any part of the world, could relate their local time to standard Greenwich Mean Time. The course of the International Date Line is depicted within the latest edition.

Routeing Charts

These charts are essential for use in passage planning for ocean voyages. They include routes and distances between major ports, ocean currents, ice limits, load lines and wind roses, with expected meteorological and oceanographic conditions for each month of the year. Five charts cover the oceans of the world; North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

Mariners' Routeing Guides

Routeing Guides provide important passage planning information in addition to details of traffic separation schemes for the major shipping areas of the English Channel, North Sea, Gulf of Suez, Malacca and Singapore Straits.

Port Approach Guides

These charts each cover a single port, and contain all the information a mariner might need when planning a port approach. They also improve situational awareness, providing mariners with a tool that compliments the equivalent-coverage Standard or Electronic Nautical Charts.

Planning Charts

Planning Charts are designed to assist the planning process and can also be used for educational, travel and decorative purposes. They are a series of small scale charts covering significant ports throughout the world, that are available in various scales.

Co-tidal Charts

Co-tidal and Co-range Charts are used primarily to predict offshore tidal conditions.

Astronomical Charts

Astronomical Charts facilitate the accurate plotting of a ship's position from astronomical observations.

Gnomonic Charts

These Charts are used in passage planning to plot great circle routes as a straight line. They are useful for devising composite rhumb line courses. Fifteen charts cover the world at scales of 1:13,500,000 and 1:26,500,000.

Magnetic Variation Charts

These charts show the variation of magnetic fields. While local information is shown on all charts, this series provides more detailed coverage on a worldwide level.

Meteorological Charts and Diagrams

These charts form a series of 27 meteorological working charts.

Keep your charts and UKHO publications completely up-to-date with the weekly edition of Admiralty Notices to Mariners. The updates provide all corrections, alterations and amendments for all our charts and publications in booklet format and on the website.

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Updating your Admiralty Charts - a film guide to using Notices to Mariners

The UKHO has produced a series of helpful film based guides on to how to update your Admiralty charts. The films also include a look at some useful tools to help you carry out these tasks.

The films can be found on our YouTube channel here.

How to update your Admiralty charts

Example Port Approach GuideEach chart in this expanding range focuses on a single port, and contains extra, relevant planning information for the port approach.

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Quick reference

Linking the International Code of Signals (ICS) flags with related reference sections on the chart helps bridge crews to quickly find information they need.

Easy to use

Designed to be used alongside either official paper or digital nautical charts, they help to make the planning of port entry and exit quicker and easier, and aid the berth to berth planning process.

Extra information to aid planning

Additional planning information may include general information including contact details and harbour regulations, Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) information, principal lights and landmarks, specific warnings, tide and climate information, anchorages and prohibited areas, dangerous cargo, pilotage, berth information and port services.

Port Approach Guides can be ordered quickly through e-Navigator Planning Station or by contacting an ADMIRALTY Chart Agent.

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