NZMariner - Official Raster Navigational Charts (RNCs)
Notice to users of NZMariner
The New Zealand Hydrographic Authority is planning to change the format by which it delivers Raster Navigation Charts in 2013 (date to be advised). Find out more.
NZMariner is the product name of New Zealand's Official RNC folio, and is available for download at no charge from this page. LINZ publishes NZMariner plus a monthly cumulative update file of corrections published in Notices to Mariners.
NZMariner can only be used in conjunction with compatible viewing software: Electronic Charting Systems (ECS) or Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS).
A cumulative list of updates to NZMariner charts is published each month in Notices to Mariners.
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Proposed Change in Format
The NZHA is planning to change the format in which it delivers Raster Navigation Charts (RNCs) in 2013. The encrypted format currently used for RNCs will be replaced by an unencrypted format, bringing a number of benefits to mariners, other chart users, software manufacturers and the New Zealand Hydrographic Authority.
The new unencrypted format, BSB
- is more widely supported by software manufacturers giving mariners more options to view New Zealand RNCs
- is more easily implemented than the currently encrypted format (HCRF) by software manufacturers
- means no special licence files or permits are required
- allows other chart users easier access to our RNCs
- allows the New Zealand Hydrographic Authority to deliver chart products to customers more quickly and efficiently by the use of more modern technologies
The version of BSB proposed is version 3 and will be similar to that used by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) United States raster charts.
Further technical information about BSB and a test data set can be obtained from the IHO website.
We welcome any feedback. If you have anything questions, concerns or feedback please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NZMariner is the official New Zealand raster chart folio. For compliance with Maritime New Zealand requirements refer to Maritime Rules Part 25. The use of NZMariner does not relieve the user of their obligations under New Zealand law and international convention. Paper copies of Official New Zealand Charts can be purchased from LINZ chart retailers.