IHO releases new standards for hydrographic surveys
The IHO released earlier this month a new edition of the Standards for Hydrographic surveys (S-44). In addition to surveys to support the safety of navigation, these standards can be adapted for oil and gas, renewable energies, dredging, geophysics, and geotechnics.
Audience with HSH Prince Albert II & priorities for the new Directing Committee
The new IHO Directing Committee was presented to HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco on Tuesday September 8th 2020.
New IHO guidelines for hydrographic geospatial data
The IHO has published new guidelines for the development of product specifications for the creation of hydrographic geospatial data.
Vital services continue around the world
Despite the covid-19 pandemic and many people across the world having to work from home, Hydrographic Offices around the globe can be proud of the work they are doing to continue to ensure safety at sea and other vital maritime services. Hydrographic Offices have had to adapt to new circumstances and are successfully ensuring that critical operations move forwards. Maritime Safety Information continues to be shared, NAVAREAs covered, and even the production and maintenance of digital nautical charts (ENCs) and relevant online marine data services is continuing despite constraints linked with the pandemic.
Election of the IHO Director
Due to the current covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent postponement of the IHO Assembly, the IHO is implementing a remote election process to fill the IHO Director position. Member States will be able to vote either digitally or by mail for their preferred candidate, and have been asked to indicate to the Secretariat their preferred voting method by May 1st. The deadline for States to cast either their paper-based or digital votes is June 1st 2020 (digital voting will be open from 10 May to 1 June)