Coast Survey procures and oversees hydrographic surveying and related support services from contractors, in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part, Subpart 36.6, Architect-Engineer Services. Contracting opportunities are published at FedBizOpps.gov. NOAA hydrographic surveying services opportunities appear under procurement classification code, C-Architect and Engineering Services. Use the search term "hydrographic."
NOAA has established certification requirements for applicants who want to redistribute NOAA electronic navigational charts (NOAA ENC) as official data. This certification assures that the the quality of official NOAA ENC data is maintained, even when redistributed through an outside vendor.
Two types of certification are available:
Certified NOAA ENC Distributor (CED), covers NOAA ENC downloading, exact copying, and redistribution of those copies.
Certified NOAA ENC Value Added Distributor (CEVAD), permits reformatting official NOAA ENC into a System Electronic Navigational Chart (SENC) using type-approved software, and distribution of that SENC.
NOAA maintains a current list of CEDs and CEVADs which offer our products.
Questions about the CED/CEVAD certification process can be submitted through NOAA’s Nautical Inquiry & Comment System.
NOAA Paper Nautical Charts
Coast Survey has established a process by which third parties may be certified to download, redistribute, repackage, or in some cases, reformat official NOAA paper nautical charts, and have those charts retain their official status. These official charts meet the requirements for mandatory carriage of nautical charts as published in Title 33 and Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Instructions for becoming a certified NOAA paper chart distributor can be downloaded from the NOAA RNC® Distributorship Agreement and questions about the process can be submitted through NOAA’s Nautical Inquiry & Comment System.