World Hydrography Day and 100th Anniversary of the IHO

The World Hydrography Day (WHD) is celebrated annually on 21 June. The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and its full member states mark this day with the aim of informing the wider public of the importance of hydrography in everyday life. For further information, see the IHO press release 

Izvor: www.iho.int

This year, to mark 100 years since the 1st International Hydrographic Conference was held in London in 1919, and the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB) established in Monaco in 1921, preparations have started for celebration of the IHO anniversary in the period 2019 – 2021.

The International Hydrographic Organization, as international umbrella organization for hydrography, through its rules and recommendations, contributes towards achieving standardization in the hydrographic survey, connects national hydrographic offices, coordinates their activities to promote safe navigation all over the world’s seas and achieve uniformity in hydrographic documents, and develops the sciences in the field of hydrography. The IHO currently consists of 90 member states, and this number is continuously increasing (www.hhi.int).

Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia (HHI), as national hydrographic office, has been member of the IHO since 1950, being recognized within the IHO for its proactive role and measurable contribution towards achieving the IHO strategic goals and programmes.

In addition, the HHI contributes towards maintaining a high level of the hydrographic-navigational segment of the safety at sea by providing users on board with navigational safety information in its official editions of nautical charts, both in analogue and digital form.

The HHI also boasts full compliance with the obligation to release electronic navigational charts for all usage bands, covering the entire area under maritime jurisdiction of the Republic of Croatia.

Special communication was issued on the recent release of 200th ENC cell (http://www.hhi.hr/pr/onenews/263). Transition to a new generation of ENCs (ENC S-101) has been recognized as one of the greatest challenges, where all HHI capacities will be engaged for the next three-year period.

Recognizing the importance of hydrographic data for other purposes and users, HHI provides and continuously improves its licensing model for using the HHI data, taking into account responsibilities resulting from regulations on ensuring availability of the data collected through public service (http://www.hhi.hr/staticpages/index/licence).

By recent establishing of a web GIS service, the first stage in the development of Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure has been accomplished, as part of National Spatial Data Infrastructure, in accordance with national and international regulations (https://www.hhi.hr/gis).


21st Conference of the Mediterranean and Black Seas Hydrographic Commission (MBSHC)

The 21st MBSHC Conference was hosted by Spain from 11 to 13 June 2019. The Conference was held in Cádiz, the seat of the Spanish Marine Hydrographic Institute (Instituto Hidrográfico de la Marina) hosting and organizing this meeting.

It was attended by some 40 delegates from 22 full members of the Commission, about 10 representatives of several associated members, some 15 representatives of hydrographic equipment manufacturers, representatives of RENCs (PRIMAR and IC-ENC), and one of IHO directors and his assistant. The Republic of Croatia participated as a full member, represented by its delegates from the Hydrographic Institute.

The Mediterranean and Black Seas Hydrographic Commission is one of 15 hydrographic commissions established worldwide on a regional basis, for the purposes of cooperation and coordinated action of member states on common issues of hydrographic and cartographic activities in the region. Regional commissions act in accordance with the rules of the International Hydrographic Organization through their statutes, and their programmes are based on IHO work programmes. Realization of these programmes at regional level contributes towards realization of IHO objectives at world level.

Izvor: www.iho.int  

During a three-day conference work, topical issues were discussed according to the agenda, covering three IHO Work Programmes: corporate affairs, hydrographic services and standards, and inter-regional coordination and support.

Presentation by Croatia, as a recognized contributing member of the IHO, was well received owing to its proactive approach, notably its national report. Recognizing and summarizing in the report conclusions the key issues relating to daily work and future prospects for the hydrographic service, have established a framework for addressing these not only during the conference but in the subsequent period as well. Accordingly, one of the activities adopted for all members in between the two conferences (MBSHC21/14) reads as follows: “Member States are encouraged to take note of the list of activities of interest suggested by Croatia in its National report and make an update about progresses about the listed topics at the next meeting“. (for more details see HR Report at: www.hhi.hr)

Besides participating in the conference, two additional meetings were held with the representatives of Italy and Montenegro to address the problem of ENC overlap.

During the conference breaks, exchange of views took place with representatives of two RENCs (PRIMAR and IC-ENC) and representatives of hydrographic equipment manufacturers, as well as with the representatives of the UK Hydrographic Office who are responsible for administrative tasks concerning the licensing of HHI data in third parties’ derived products.

Link: Bulletin Report covering the MBSHC21


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