Raster Charts XL Oceans

A global Raster Chart dataset of the Worlds' Oceans

RCXL Oceans is the most convenient and cost-effective way to access global Nautical Charts in Desktop and web GIS environments. RCXL Oceans is the perfect service for those looking to add a familiar authoritative source to proposals, GIS projects and Web Mapping Applications. With land removed from all Nautical Charts, RCXL Oceans is ready to be paired with your preferred land mapping dataset (Google Maps, OpenStreetMaps, Bing, etc).

Served using the OGC WMTS standard, the RCXL Oceans service is both lightning fast and widely supported across GIS. RCXL Oceans is currently available up to a scale of 1:3,500,000 and includes over 150 charts that have been carefully organised to ensure you’re always getting the best available information.

RCXL Oceans is ideal for use as a:
  • Base / Background Map
  • Reference Dataset
  • Simple Nautical Chart Background

RCXL Oceans is available for consumption quickly after purchase with no complicated setup or wait period.

Want to try it out for yourself? Please see Raster Charts XL Oceans and our other mapping products on our mapping demo site here

Why choose Raster Charts XL Oceans?
  • Global dataset
  • Competitive price
  • Fast and widely supported
  • Compatible with land mapping datasets
  • A familiar, authoritative source

See our full mapping product range here.

Why have we eXcluded Land (XL)?

Land mapping datasets like Google Maps tend to fill bodies of water with a shade of blue, because maritime information isn’t useful for the majority of their users. In the same vein, Nautical Charts fill land with a mustard shade. These datasets are suitable for someone navigating a car, or a ship, but what happens when your use case requires harmonised land and maritime information? RCXL is developed to solve this exact issue.

By removing the land from Nautical Charts, users are now able to combine the useful aspects of both datasets for a harmonious mapping experience across land and sea. Finally, as Nautical Charts are designed without any context of the surrounding charts, land from one chart will often overlap valid maritime data from another. By removing the land, this issue is also resolved resulting in a seamless dataset.

How to Buy?

Commercial customers can purchase our mapping products via our Licensed Partners. We have a network of Licensed Partners who resell our data products. See our Find A Partner page OR click on any of our mapping partners below to be redirected to their website.



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Please contact us directly if your needs are more complex or you need help in choosing the most appropriate product. See our Data Buying Guide

For Government, Academia & NGOs customers please contact OceanWise directly. All government organisations qualify for a discount and special licensing terms can apply where our data is used for education and publicly funded research, so please contact us for a quote.