Stavanger, 26th Meeting of the PRIMAR Advisory Committee

The 26th ordinary annual Meeting of the PRIMAR Advisory Committee (PAC) (more information about PRIMAR is given below) was held in Stavanger (Norway) from 2 to 4 October 2019. The meeting was hosted by the Norwegian Hydrographic Office. Croatia was represented by Director Vinka Kolić, head of delegation, and Assistant Director for International and EU Affairs Željko Bradarić, member of delegation.

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 25th 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 IHO standard S-101. It was concluded that the planned activities for 2019 were going according to plan and the identified risks were analyzed and updated. The activity plan and financial plan of the project for 2020 were approved. The possibility of providing certain PRIMAR services to other interested hydrographic offices and organizations was also considered.

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.

In a series of bilateral meetings with representatives of the PRIMAR members, the PRIMAR management, IHO representative and the representative of the host, opinions were exchanged on the meeting topics and on other issues from the daily work of hydrographic offices.

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 232 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.


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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