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Admiralty Nautical Paper Publications

Our renowned nautical publications, handbooks and tidal atlases are used throughout the world.

Often referred to as Pilots, Sailing Directions are designed for use by the merchant mariner on all classes of ocean-going vessels with essential information on all aspects of navigation. Sailing Directions are complementary to ADMIRALTY Standard Nautical Charts and provide worldwide coverage in 74 volumes.

Each publication contains quality colour photography and views, as well as information on navigational hazards, buoyage, meteorological data, details of pilotage, regulations, port facilities and guides to major port entry.

New Editions of ADMIRALTY Sailing Directions are published on a regular basis. Navigationally significant information for these publications is issued via the ADMIRALTY Notices to Mariners weekly bulletin (Section IV).

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Sailing Directions Coverage Map

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ADMIRALTY Tide Tables (NP 201-204)

ADMIRALTY Tide Tables detail the times and heights of high and low waters for over 230 standard and 6000 secondary ports  in the UK and Ireland, Europe, the Indian Ocean, South China Sea and Pacific Ocean for each day of the year. The tables outline methods of prediction, the effect of meteorological conditions on tides and provide additional information on  exceptional tidal factors in each area. The tables are available from ADMIRALTY Distributors worldwide.

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ADMIRALTY Tidal Stream Atlases

ADMIRALTY Tidal Stream Atlases display, in diagrammatic form, the major tidal streams for selected waters of north-western Europe, including direction and rate at hourly intervals. Graded arrows illustrate Mean, Neap and Spring tidal rates in tenths of a knot. There is also a diagram to help you calculate the tidal stream rate for a given date.

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ADMIRALTY Manual of Tides (NP120)

This is a largely mathematical, detailed description of tidal theory and its application to the analysis and prediction of tides and tidal streams.

ADMIRALTY Tidal Handbooks (NP122 1-3)

These three volumes outline the ADMIRALTY method of harmonic tidal analysis for long and short observation periods and include information on datums for hydrographic surveys.


ADMIRALTY List of Radio Signals

The ADMIRALTY List of Radio Signals series provides comprehensive information on all aspects of Maritime Radio Communications. The data is organised into six volumes, some divided into several parts for ease of handling. Each of the six volumes is presented in a user-friendly format with full colour photographs and diagrams. 

The contents range from a complete listing of stations handling Maritime Public Correspondence to a full range of products and services essential for compliance with the GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System). The volumes also feature radio stations broadcasting weather services and forecasts and a detailed explanation of the complexities of Global Satellite Position Fixing Systems. ALRS publications are presented in a user-friendly format and are updated through Section VI of the weekly editions of ADMIRALTY Notices to Mariners. New Editions are published annually containing all changes to information held.

NP281 (Parts 1 & 2) - Maritime Radio Stations

NP282 - Radio Aids to Navigation, Satellite Navigation Systems, Differential GPS (DGPS) Legal Time, Radio Time Signals and Electronic Position Fixing Systems

NP 283 (Parts 1 & 2) - Maritime Safety Information Services

NP 284 - Meteorological Observation Stations

NP 285 - Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

NP 286 (Parts 1 - 8) - Pilot Services, Vessel Traffic Services and Port Operations

ADMIRALTY List of Lights and Fog Signals

This series of books provides extensive information on all lighthouses, lightships, lit floating marks (over 8m in height), fog signals and other lights of navigational significance.

Each publication also gives the characteristics of lights and fog signals, together with the equivalent foreign language light descriptions. Tables can be used to calculate the geographical and luminous ranges of lights. Details for all lights listed include the international number, location and/or name, geographical co-ordinates, characteristics and intensity, elevation in metres, range in sea miles and description of structure.

We publish new editions of the ADMIRALTY List of Lights and Fog Signals on a rolling cycle of revision. We also list important changes to lights in the weekly ADMIRALTY Notices to Mariners.

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ADMIRALTY Distance Tables (NP350 1-3)

A three part series of tables, sub-divided by region, giving the shortest distances between ports. There are supporting diagrams and text as well as link tables for places not in the same or adjacent table.

Catalogue of ADMIRALTY Charts and Publications (NP131)

A comprehensive reference in graphical and textual form of all ADMIRALTY charts and publications worldwide, listed by region. The catalogue gives full details for each chart and publication, including details of all digital products and ADMIRALTY distributors worldwide. Updated and published annually.

Paper Chart Maintenance Record (NP133A)

Record your ADMIRALTY chart updating details, weekly Notices to Mariners and new charts and editions. Use the index to check Notices to Mariners against all ADMIRALTY charts.

How to Keep Your ADMIRALTY Products Up-to-Date (NP294)

A comprehensive guide to updating all ADMIRALTY products.

IALA Maritime Buoyage System (NP735)

Describes the Cardinal and Lateral Buoyage system with diagrams and written explanations of the five types of marks: lateral, cardinal, isolated danger, safe water and special marks.

Ocean Passages for the World (NP136)

This classic volume on ocean voyage planning has routeing details for powered and sailing vessels; individual chapters on each of the world's oceans; advice on winds, weather, climate, seasonal factors, currents, swell, ice hazards; and the shortest routes between ports and important positions.

Symbols and Abbreviations Used on ADMIRALTY Charts, Chart NP5011 (INT 1)

This convenient A4 book details ADMIRALTY and INT paper chart symbols in full colour with information on hydrography; topography; navigational aids and services; abbreviations of principal terms shown on English and foreign charts; and general information on the content of ADMIRALTY paper charts.

ADMIRALTY Guide to ENC Symbols used in ECDIS (NP5012)

A companion to NP5011, intended to be used both as a training aid and as a reference during passage planning and navigation, this guide contains comprehensive information relating to ENC symbols.

The publication provides graphics showing both the traditional and the simplified forms of symbols, as well as descriptions of the use of the symbol that can be understood by the intended users (international seafarers) with reference to the chart 5011 / INT1 equivalent symbol where applicable.

ADMIRALTY Guide to the Practical Use of ENCs (NP231)

A comprehensive reference guide to assist ENC users gain a high level of understanding of the practical use of ENCs.

ADMIRALTY Guide to ECDIS Implementation, Policy and Procedures (NP232)

NP232 offers clear guidance to support the implementation of ECDIS on board and in operating procedures, helping fleets to adopt ECDIS efficiently and aid compliance.

Produced by the UKHO in conjunction with other maritime professionals, this guide aims to further enable the safe use of ECDIS for primary navigation and give users the knowledge needed to operate confidently using ECDIS.

The publication offers:

  • Important information about ECDIS implementation, helping fleets to adopt ECDIS efficiently
  • Guidance on ECDIS procedures, which can be used to assist crews and fleet managers with ISM code compliance
  • Assistance with planning the transition to ECDIS, ensuring that implementation is fit for purpose

This publication is the latest in a series of three to support the transition to ECDIS, which include the ADMIRALTY Guide to ENC Symbols used in ECDIS (NP5012) and the ADMIRALTY Guide to the Practical use of ENCs (NP231). Clear and comprehensive, NP5012 and NP231 help bridge crews to gain a solid understanding of practical ENC use and offer key information on ECDIS procedures.

The Mariner's Handbook (NP100)

A compendium of essential maritime information on charts; operations and regulations; tides, currents and characteristics of the sea; basic meteorology; navigation in ice, hazards and restrictions to navigation; and the IALA Buoyage system.

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NP131 Sequential Update


Please note that the UKHO will now be supplying incremental updates for NP131.

Important: All updates should be applied in sequence as these files are no longer cumulative.

NP131 Update Wk10/14 - Wk18/14 

NP131 Update Wk1/14 - Wk9/14