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Web site launched in wake of hurricanes

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coast Survey has established a special Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web site to help speed the recovery efforts of 21 significant port facilities in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coast Survey has established a special Coast Pilot Disaster Impact Web site to help speed the recovery efforts of 21 significant port facilities in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The purpose of the site is to aid recovery efforts by providing port facility managers with a place where they can send information to the Office of Coast Survey. The information will be posted on the site, where mariners can access the most current navigational updates for the ports.

Months after Katrina and Rita made landfall, marine agencies and mariners are still finding obstructions in the water and new areas of shoaling. The Web site will include information on pilotage, depths, anchorages, wharves, obstructions, bridges, storage and supply facilities, small craft facilities and status of wreck removals. NOAA will use this information for updated reports and to update nautical charts where necessary.

www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/cpgulf/cpgulf.htm