The death of paper charts may finally be coming as the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced its intention to develop options to phase out global paper chart production by the end of 2026, as the use of electronic charts in commercial and recreational vessels continues in full force. Steam forward and ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions’ portfolio of digital navigation solutions can be updated in near real time, significantly improving safety of life at sea (SOLAS).
The phasing out of paper charts will take place over several years and is expected to be completed at the end of 2026.
“The decision to begin the process of phasing out paper charts will allow us to focus on advanced digital services
to meet the needs of today’s seafarers. As we look to the future, our primary objective remains the safety of shipping operations and providing the best possible navigation solutions to achieve this goal,” said Peter Sparks, chief executive of UKHO. “Whether for the Royal Navy, commercial vessels or other ocean users, we are focused on developing and delivering ADMIRALTY digital services that contribute to a safe, secure and prosperous ocean.
“We understand the importance of this announcement given UKHO’s distinguished history of producing paper charts and the trust that seafarers have placed in ADMIRALTY charts for generations.”