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Oil Rigs on NOAA Charts

Old 06-15-2019, 06:01 PM
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Default Oil Rigs on NOAA Charts

Went about 30 miles out of Freeport last week and was surprised at the number of oil rigs depicted on the NOAA and Navionics charts that were not there. Luckily, we spotted one with the binoculars and did catch our limit but we were expecting to see at least 10 or more platforms on the way out.

Looking at buying the book Rik Jacobsen's Texas Offshore Fishing Guide but would like to know if he list platforms out to about 70nm.

I downloaded Hilton's Realtime Navigator app without getting the yearly subscription. Couldn't see many rigs or structure for that matter. Maybe with an active subscription??

Looked at the BSEE site, but would have to manually download each block and then put in each GPS fix in for active platforms. (If that is what I have to do I'll get to it)

Compared the TPWD site to the BSEE data and some of the platforms match but not enough to give me a warm fuzzy about burning another half tank of gas chasing after fishable structure.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-15-2019, 07:29 PM
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They are coming down a lot faster than new ones are going up. The charts aren't updated on a daily basis. NOAA does have a oil rig lease site that will tell you which ones are scheduled for removal
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:39 PM
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A lot of times those platforms have moved. When structures such as these move, I will use my Navionics Boating App to edit the chart, which will then go into a community edits update. Great tool to use and also helps others. I will also use the Navionics website to enter in the discrepancy information as well. Hope this helps.

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Old 06-15-2019, 08:03 PM
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Get a chart and check the Notice to Mariners and update the chart as needed. When a platform comes down, it doesn't always immediately go to a correction page. NtM also tells you what platforms are due to come down and which rigs are about to move.
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Old 06-16-2019, 04:36 AM
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Rip Charts show stationary rigs and mobile rigs. You get an email when one is moved or removed and the chart is up dated. You can also download the charts for navigation using your phone's GPS. No affliation.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:18 AM
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Riks book lists Cerveza, Sunrise, Tequila, Boom Vang, and Nansen.
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