The 16th PRIMAR Technical Working Group Meeting was held in Stavanger (Norway) on 29 and 30 October 2019. Participants from 12 countries and industry representatives attended the meeting. Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia was represented by Ivana Kordić and Mendi Čala. The topic of the meeting was presentation of new PRIMAR services and the current status of S-101 implementation. The first day covered the status of new members’ ENC cells, cooperation between regional electronic navigation centres, new methods and ENC distribution solutions, as well as current status of implementation of S-102 service (CHS). Current activities of working groups (HSSC11, S-101 PT4, ENCWG…) were also discussed. On the second day, a workshop was held on the subject of new generation of ENC according to IHO standard S -101. In the workshop, participants became acquainted with challenges of S-101 technology through data conversion, structural and attribute display of ENC geometry and topology, with particular emphasis on the safety and data protection of S-101 system. Thus, education and training of HHI staff continued, as well as good cooperation with PRIMAR, a regional coordination centre that provides availability of ENCs to end users.
The Second Chart Project Alumni Seminar, organised by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), under the auspices of the Nippon Foundation, was held in Singapore from 28 to 31 October 2019. It was attended by 42 participants, of the total of 65 who from the first CAT B course (2009) to date (10 training courses) acquired the status of CAT B nautical cartographer, a highly prized and desirable title for hydrographic offices worldwide. Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia was represented by Ante Kolić. The three-day seminar covered the future, strategy and development of the Capacity Building programme, cooperation with the Nippon Foundation, and network cooperation between all participants in the future. Issues that were also discussed included the academic and administrative review of CHART project, and a modern approach to maintaining the standard of competence for CAT B hydrographer and nautical cartographer. Every participant had an opportunity to present his work in the hydrographic office which he represented. Thus, a series of IHO training courses for HHI staff continued, as well as excellent cooperation between all members.