2nd Session of the IHO Assembly and 4th Session of the IHO Council

The 2nd session of the Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) was held from 16 to 18 November. Under specific circumstances of the pandemic, the meeting was held through video conference. A total of 170 delegates represented 63 members out of 90 IHO full members. The Republic of Croatia, represented by Director Vinka Kolić and Assistant Director Željko Bradarić, also participated in the meeting as a full member. About twenty more representatives of other international organizations and bodies participated as observers.

The International Hydrographic Organization is an intergovernmental technical and consultative organization which contributes through its activities to coordinated action of national hydrographic offices with principal aim to ensure safe navigation of ships.

According to the Protocol of Amendments to the IHO Convention that entered into force in 2016, the IHO has undergone significant organizational changes. Instead of the IHO Conference, the supreme body is now the Assembly which consists of representatives of all member states. Instead of every five years, sessions of the Assembly are held every three years. Besides the Assembly, the Council is established as a subsidiary body, and instead of the IHO Bureau, the IHO Secretariat is introduced, headed by General Secretary, two directors, and several assistant directors, as well as other staff (currently 20 in total) with the task to manage the IHO Secretariat, implement work programmes adopted at the IHO Assembly, and carry out other administrative and technical tasks (production and distribution of IHO documents and circular letters, about a hundred per year on average).

At the 2nd session of the IHO Assembly, according to a predetermined schedule and agenda, reports on the implementation of the work programme (2017–2020), financial reports, 17 official assembly proposals were discussed, and a new three-year work programme and financial plan for the period 2021–2023 were adopted. One of the most important items on the agenda was the proposal to adopt a revised and by the IHO Council supported Strategic Plan of the IHO. Recognizing the importance of this issue for the work of the IHO, Croatia made a more specific contribution to the final proposal of amendments to the Strategic Plan by participating in the work of a special working group formed only for that purpose, as well as by submitting a broader comment at the 3rd IHO Council held in 2019. By a separate decision of the IHO Assembly, a new Strategic Plan was adopted, according to which the IHO work programmes should be harmonized in the coming period, as well as the rules of procedure of two standing committees and about twenty IHO working groups. Special attention and discussion was aroused by another strategic issue related to the implementation of the new IHO standard referred to as S-100. It is a new framework technical standard for hydrographic data, products and services under the auspices of the IHO, and under the responsibility of national hydrographic offices (NHOs) as for the production and provision of products and services. In connection with this a separate decision of the Assembly, the plan for implementation of the S-100 standard in the coming decade was approved. By the same decision, the IHO Council is in charge for the annual update of the S-100 implementation plan. It is curious that the previously planned timing already had to be revised due to a slowdown of the planned activities caused by the current pandemic. Therefore, the NHOs are expected to start distributing ENCs according to the new S-101 standard on 1 January 2025 instead of 1 January 2024.

Discussion on other agenda items ended by the conclusions and decisions. A total of 52 official assembly decisions were adopted.

After the end of the three-day meeting of the 2nd session of the IHO Assembly, the next day, according to the previous announcement, the 4th session of the IHO Council was held, which was also attended by Director Vinka Kolić and Assistant Director Željko Bradarić. According to the adopted agenda, the decisions from the 2nd session of the IHO were discussed, as well as the manner of their implementation by the Council and two standing committees of the IHO: the Inter-Regional Coordination Committee and the Hydrographic Standards and Services Committee.

 

HHI representative participates in the 4th Meeting of the Croatian Cartographic Society Chairmanship

This year’s 4th Meeting of the Croatian Cartographic Society Chairmanship took place on 17 November 2020. In special circumstances of COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held through video conference. Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia was represented by Mr Ante Kolić. President Lapaine submitted a report on activities of the Croatian Cartographic Society, and presented the plan and programme for the next 17th International Conference on Geoinformation and Cartography, scheduled for 23 and 24 September 2021. He highlighted the importance of the journal “Kartografija i geoinformacije” (Cartography and Geoinformation), whose all issues published so far are available at the British Library, the largest library in the world. Participants also talked about preparations for the 21st Annual Assembly, likely to be held from 7 to 11 December 2020 through video conference. Members of the CCS Chairmanship reported on their activities in the field of cartography for the period since last meeting.

 

New edition of the official publication "TIDE TABLES, Adriatic Sea – East Coast 2021"

Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia published a new edition of the official publication "TIDE TABLES, Adriatic sea – East Coast 2021".

All predicted heights of the high and low waters are given in centimetres above Chart Datum. Chart Datum is the datum of soundings on nautical charts edited by the Hydrographic Institute.

Tide Tables, which have been published annually since 1974, are issued in Croatian and English.

Publication gives diagram showing location of ports (tide gauge stations) on the East Adriatic Coast.

Part I of the publication gives general data and harmonic constants for 8 Standard Ports with daily predictions of the times and heights of high and low waters for each day of the year. Part II gives times and heights differences and other constants used for prediction of the times and heights of high and low waters at 9 Secondary Ports on the East Adriatic Coast.

This publication also contains Phases of the Moon given at the end of the book, as well as the list of used symbols and abbreviations in Croatian and English.

 

27th Meeting of the PRIMAR Advisory Committee

The 27th ordinary annual Meeting of the PRIMAR Advisory Committee (PAC) (more information about PRIMAR is given below) was held from 5 to 6 November 2020. Due to specific circumstances caused by COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held as a video conference chaired by France.

The agenda of the two-day meeting focused on the strategic, technical, financial and administrative issues of PRIMAR's work for the period since the 26th session of the PAC.

The thematic group of technical issues presented improvements in the existing PRIMAR services and functionalities available to PRIMAR members. In particular, it analysed the progress made in the multiannual project (2018 – 2023) for capacity building and PRIMAR functionality regarding the transition to a new generation of electronic navigational charts (ENC) according to the IHO standard S-101. It was concluded that the planned activities for 2020 were going according to schedule, and the identified risks were analysed and updated, especially those connected with the work on planned activities under the current circumstances. The project activity plan and financial plan for 2021 were approved. The proposal for the development of terms of reference for the distribution of official nautical publications in digital form (PDF format) as well as the terms of reference for other products and services within the IHO standard S-100 was adopted. Amendments to the PRIMAR Strategic Plan regarding changes brought about by implementation of the IHO S-100 standard were discussed.

Taking into account the convenience of the video meeting, some experts in relevant fields also participated in this meeting.

In a two-day work of the Committee, Croatia once more proved to be a proactive member, participating in discussions on all items of a comprehensive agenda.

At the end of the 27th PAC meeting, Croatia took over the presidency from France for the next two years. According to the PAC Statute, the PAC Chairman shall be the Director of the Hydrographic Office of a PRIMAR RENC full member.

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About PRIMAR

PRIMAR is one of the world’s three regional ENC coordinating centres (RENC), operated in accordance with the WEND (Worldwide ENC Database) principles established by the IHO resolution. Organizationally, PRIMAR represents an intergovernmental multilateral cooperation of its full members (more about PRIMAR at www.primar.org).

PRIMAR’s principal aim is to ensure a harmonized quality level of ENCs from different producer nations and make them available to end users on ships and other onshore and onboard services on a 24/7 basis. PRIMAR is a non-profit organization, investing the proceeds of the sale of ENCs in the maintenance of existing and development of new services and functionalities. In the context of technological solutions and many services which it provides, PRIMAR has been recognized as a leading RENC.

Croatia, as a long-standing full member of PRIMAR (since 25 October 2005), besides using PRIMAR’s tools and services to ensure highest quality of its ENCs (currently 263 ENC cells) and making them available to end users through PRIMAR, actively participates in the work of PRIMAR’s bodies and working groups from the first day. Croatia hosted the meeting of the PAC twice, last in November 2014.

New edition of Catalogue of Nautical Charts and Publications

Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia has published a new edition of Catalogue of Nautical Charts and Publications. It lists the whole editorial production of the Hydrographic Institute, covering the areas of the Adriatic Sea, the Ionian Sea and the Maltese Islands. The Catalogue describes in detail nautical publications, official paper nautical charts, and electronic navigational charts (ENC). The Catalogue is kept up to date by corrections published in the monthly edition of Notices to Mariners (NtM).

In addition to the new paper edition, a PDF version of Catalogue has also been released, to be regularly updated and published on the HHI website.

 

 

 

 

 

HHI held a meeting with representatives of Garmin Ltd. and its subsidiary Navionics

On 12 August 2020, HHI held a meeting on its premises with Garmin Ltd. and its subsidiary Navionics. Croatia was represented by the HHI Director Vinka Kolić together with her assistants and associates, while Garmin Ltd. was represented by Chief Adviser and Board Vice-President Andrew Etkind, chief person in charge of licensing, and the representative of Garmin’s branch Navionics Paolo Cignoni, and Director of Garmin Hrvatska Neven Čolić. Important topics discussed during the meeting covered the use of nautical data in derived products of Garmin and its subsidiaries, the signing of a licensing agreement for the purpose of using the HHI data through the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), and the terms of future cooperation.

The meeting was concluded by adopting the Joint Action Plan and the terms of future cooperation between Garmin Ltd. with its subsidiaries and the HHI.

Genoa, 3rd working meeting with representatives of the Hydrographic Institute of Italy

Following the official invitation by Rear Admiral Luigi Sinapi, Director of the Italian Hydrographic Institute (Istituto Idrografico della Marina – IIM), Genoa, Mrs Vinka Kolić (HHI Director) and Mr Željko Bradarić (HHI Assistant Director for International Cooperation) paid a two-day working visit to the IIM last week. Since it was a return visit, the comprehensive agenda included an analysis of the realisation of activities agreed at the Split meeting in February this year.

Considering the degraded situation for both hydrographic offices due to COVID-19, it was concluded that progress was made in the realisation of key activities, especially in respect of solving the ENC overlap issue in the Adriatic Sea. During the field tour of the port of Genoa by survey boat, and a demonstration of the survey using state-of-the-art hydrographic equipment, the two offices exchanged experiences regarding the hydrographic survey. In the context of shortened technological cycles, after visiting internal organisational units, the discussion focused on the possible approach and concept of rapid organisational adaptation of hydrographic offices to enable them to properly implement the latest technologies for fulfilling both current and new requirements placed on them.

Following the interest expressed by Italian colleagues, special thematic unit included a presentation of the Croatian concept and current functionality of Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI). An interesting discussion also took place after the presentation of Croatian views on the concept of possible cartographic options for non-SOLAS ships and yachts. Beyond the meeting, Italian colleagues arranged a tour of the famous lighthouse at the entrance to the port of Genoa (the second tallest in the world), and their specialist shop “Nautica” situated at the passenger terminal in the port.

Link to the IIM notice:

https://www.marina.difesa.it/media-cultura/Notiziario-online/Pagine/20200709_la_direttrice_dell_istituto_idrografico_della_croazia_in_visita_presso_istituto_idrografico_marina.aspx

Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia receives recognition by the Croatian Cartographic Society

At the 20th Annual Assembly of the Croatian Cartographic Society, which was held at the Faculty of Geodesy, Zagreb, on 5 December 2019, Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia received recognition for overall cartographic activity, particularly for the participation at the International Cartographic Conference that took place in Tokyo in 2019 (https://www.kartografija.hr).

Certificate of recognition was presented by Prof. Emer. Miljenko Lapaine, President of the Croatian Cartographic Society, at the 1st Meeting of the Croatian Cartographic Society, held on 17 June 2020, and was received on behalf of the Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia by Ante Kolić, a member of the Croatian Cartographic Society Presidency.

HKD recognition HHI 

Celebration of the World Hydrography Day in Croatia

World Hydrography Day (WHD) is celebrated every year on June 21st. The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and its full members (93) celebrate the day with a series of different activities aimed at raising awareness of the importance of hydrography in many sea and coastal activities. Special emphasis is placed on activities that increase the coverage of sea areas with quality hydrographic data, initiatives and joint projects whose results improve navigation safety, protection of the marine environment, planning and coastal zone management, establishment of spatial data infrastructure and the implementation of the latest technologies in hydrography.

This year, the IHO is focused on the theme of the application of autonomous technological solutions in hydrography which can ensure a shorter cycle of hydrographic surveys and significant savings of resources and time. Such technological solutions can be applied using aircraft, ships and submarines. Some of the technologies, ie carriers of devices and equipment for hydrographic surveys, can be used to ensure the use of measured data in real time by users on ships or some other end users and services on land. More on https://iho.int/en/whd-2020-celebrations-around-the-world.

In the past "hydrographic year", the Croatian Hydrographic Institute (HHI) has made a significant contribution to achieving the planned goals and improving the Croatian hydrographic service by implementing the planned activities.

For more information on HHI activities see flyer by clicking on following image.

 

Regular annual meeting of the three PRIMAR working groups

The regular annual meeting of the three working groups of PRIMAR, the Regional Coordination Centre for the Distribution of Official Electronic Navigation Charts (PRIMAR RENC) due to COVID-19 circumstances instead of in Stavanger was held "online" on 26 and 27 May. The meeting was attended by representatives of PRIMAR, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Croatia and France. Croatia was represented by Director Vinka Kolić and Assistant Director for International Cooperation Željko Bradarić. On the agenda of the permanent PRIMAR working groups for strategic (PSWG), financial (PFWG) and marketing (PMFG) issues were again several current topics.

The most important strategic issue was related to the need to adapt the PRIMAR operation regarding the upcoming needs of the production and distribution of new generation ENC according to IHO standard S-101. In this regard, it was analysed the past activities and progress on a joint project (started 2017) on the implementation of the strategic goal of transition to a new generation of ENC.

The main financial topic was the analysis of realization of the financial plan for 2019, as well as the financial status for the first quarter of 2020. Taking into account the presented indicators, guidelines for planning the PRIMAR budget for 2021 was adopted.

Among the marketing topics, the issues of continuation and new ways of promoting basic and additional PRIMAR services, such as ENC Inspector, ENC Pilot, WMS for ENC, ENC Update Tracker, ENC Improver, GeoView and S-102, were discussed.

PSFNWG_2020 

 

Use of official navigational charts and publications for boats and yachts in Internal Waters, Territorial Sea and Protected Ecological and Fishing Zone of the Republic of Croatia

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia hereby informs you that Ordinance on boats and yachts („Official gazette“ No. 13/20, from January 31, 2020) has been amended implementing obligations for use of the official navigational charts and publications on yachts and boats.

In accordance with Ordinance Annex 9 - Technical requirements for statutory certification of yachts “updated official navigational charts and publications should be provided on yachts as follows:

  • official navigational charts and publications must comply with the requirements laid down by the Hydrographic Activity Act for the Area of navigation III and IV
  • official navigational charts and publications for the Area of navigation I and II has to be issued by the authorized hydrographic office for the area they navigate. 
If the yacht, regardless of its Area of navigation, has (or is equipped with) an electronic chart display or other information system displaying electronic navigational charts, such display shall include updated official electronic navigational charts (ENCs) that meet the conditions prescribed by the Hydrographic Activity Act.”

In accordance with Ordinance Annex 10 - Technical requirements for statutory certification of boats “updated official navigational charts and charting equipment should be provided on boats as follows:

  • personal and pleasure boats in the Area of navigation I, II, III
  • commercial and public boats operating in the Area of navigation I, II, III and IIIa. 
Official navigational charts must comply with the requirements laid down by the Hydrographic Activity Act. If, regardless of the Area of navigation, the boat has (or is equipped with) an electronic chart display or other information system displaying electronic navigational charts, such display shall include an updated official navigational electronic navigational chart (ENC).”

In terms of the Ordinance, following definitions are applied:

  • “yacht means seacraft for sport and recreation, regardless if it is for commercial use or private purposes, with length greater than 15 m and designed for longer period at sea, entitled to carry not more than 12 passengers, excluding crew.
  • boat means seacraft for navigation entitled to carry up to 12 passengers, with length greater than 2,5m and less or equal to 15 m, or with total propulsion power greater than 5kW. Term “boat“ does not include:
    • specialized seacrafts belonging other vessel for rescuing, collecting or work performing
    • seacrafts intended solely for competition
    • canoes, kayaks, gondolas and paddle boats
    • windsurfing and surfing boards.”

In terms of the Ordinance, following definitions are applied on Areas of navigation:

  • “Area of navigation I includes international navigation on all seas and waters accessible from seas
  • Area of navigation II includes international navigation on all seas and waters accessible form the sea limited to the 20 NM from the closest shore or island
  • Area of navigation III includes international navigation on all seas and waters accessible form the sea limited to the 12 NM from the closest shore or island. For fishing vessels greater than 7 m in length includes navigation in Territorial Sea and Protected Ecological and Fishing Zone of the Republic of Croatia 
  • Area of navigation IIIa refers to Area of navigation III navigating not more than 6 NM from the closest shore or island
  • Area of navigation IV includes navigation in ports, bays, estuaries and rivers to the limits to which they are navigable from the seas.”

In accordance with the Hydrographic Activity Act, Croatian Hydrographic Institute represents a national legal authority authorized for designing, producing, issuing and maintaining official navigation charts and publications for the Internal Waters, Territorial Sea and Protected Ecological and Fishing Zone of the Republic of Croatia.

Under the Hydrographic Activity Act, the Croatian Hydrographic Institute official charts and publications are subject to copyright restrictions. No part of the nautical charts or publications may be reproduced, distributed, scanned or copied in any form or by any means without the prior written permission from the Croatian Hydrographic Institute as copyright owner.

Re-using (licensing) of the data owned by the Croatian Hydrographic Institute in third persons’ products and services is subject to licence agreement with the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office according to Licensing Policy and the Custodianship Agreement between Croatian Hydrographic Institute and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office. Following an application for re-use of the Croatian Hydrographic Institute data to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Intellectual Property Section, the latter shall assess the application and specify the type of licence and the licence fee if any, and users will be invited to conclude a licence agreement. The licence shall be granted for commercial and/or non-commercial purposes or low-value commercial purposes, depending on whether the products are intended for navigational or non-navigational purposes and subject to the specification of their intended purpose. More details are available at http://www.hhi.hr/en/staticpages/index/copyright and http://www.ukho.gov.uk/copyright/ and for further informations you are kindly invited to contact Croatian Hydrographic Institute office@hhi.hr or United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Intellectual Property Section intellectual.property@ukho.gov.uk.

Furthermore, we take this opportunity to highlight the provision of Article 7 of the Hydrographic Activity Act, which stipulates that official hydrographic survey in Internal Waters, Territorial Sea and Protected Ecological and Fishing Zone of the Republic of Croatia for the purpose of production and issuance of official navigational charts and publications may be performed only by Croatian Hydrographic Institute and authorized legal entities under the endorsement of the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure.

Herby is to inform whom it may concern that violation of the Hydrographic Activity Act provisions in terms of intellectual property and official hydrographic survey represents legal offense.

In order to ensure satisfactory level of safety at sea, we kindly inform all non-SOLAS maritime community, yacht masters, boat skippers and sailors to use exclusively official navigational charts and publications on board, as well as producers and distributers of electronic navigational charts and publications on aforementioned provisions emanating from Hydrographic Activity Act and Ordinance on boats and yachts.

Republic of Croatia - Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure 

Original document (PDF)

GIS catalogue of official Croatian navigation charts

Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia has published a GIS catalogue of official Croatian navigation charts and electronic navigation charts (ENCs) on its GeoAdriatic portal, which will soon be also published on International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) web pages. - Member States Online Chart Catalogue.

 

 

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