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Notice to Mariners

Broadcast Notice to Mariners (BNM)

Broadcast Notices to Mariners are made by the Coast Guard through Coast Guard and Navy radio stations. These broadcast notices, which are broadcast on VHF-FM, NAVTEX, and other maritime frequencies, are navigational warnings that contain information of importance to the safety of navigation. Included are reports of deficiencies and changes to aids to navigation, the positions of ice and derelicts, and other important hydrographic information.

Local Notice to Mariners (LNM)

Local Notices to Mariners (U.S. regional coverage) are another means by which the Coast Guard disseminates navigation information for the United States, its territories, and possessions. A Local Notice to Mariners is issued by each Coast Guard district and is used to report changes and discrepancies to aids to navigation maintained by and under the authority of the Coast Guard. Local Notices to Mariners contain other marine information such as channel depths, naval operations, regattas, etc., which may affect vessels and waterways within the jurisdiction of each Coast Guard district. Reports of channel conditions, obstructions, menaces to navigation, danger areas, new chart editions, etc., are also included in the Local Notice to Mariners. These notices are essential to all navigators for the purposes of keeping their charts, Lights Lists, Coast Pilots and other nautical publications up-to-date. These notices are published weekly. They may be obtained via the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center website at Vessels operating in ports and waterways in several districts will have to obtain the Local Notice to Mariners from each district in order to be fully informed.

Special Notice to Mariners (SNM)

The Special Notice to Mariners is an annual publication containing important information for the mariners transiting the waterways of the Seventeenth Coast Guard District. Seventeenth District waterways include all Alaskan waters.
Click here for a copy 2010 17th District Special Local Notice to Mariners.


U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) (GPS, DGPS status, Local Notice to Mariners)

Chart Corrections

Dates of Latest Editions, Nautical Charts, and Miscellaneous Maps

2011 Light List/ Summary of Corrections
Current Light Lists

NOAA Chart Viewer (Posting of all up to date NOAA charts for viewing on Internet browser to be used for ready reference or planning)

Coast Pilot Corrections

NOAA Weather Buoy Sites
NDBC - Alaska Recent Marine Data

Tides on-line

Tides, Currents, PORTS


For information about Notices covering the 17th Coast Guard District contact the Notice to Mariners Manager.

US Coast Guard District 17
Commander (dpw)
PO Box 25517
Juneau, Alaska 99802-5517
Attn: Notice to Mariners Manager
Phone (907) 463-2269
Fax (907) 462-2273

Floating Aid IconReport all discrepancies with marine aids to navigation to the nearest Coast Guard Sector!

Sector Anchorage (907) 271-6769
Sector Juneau (907) 463-2980

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Last Modified 1/12/2016