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Introduction IHO Publication S-52 was developed in conjunction with the IMO Performance Standards for Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS). It provides specifications and guidance regarding the issuing and updating of Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC), and their display in ECDIS in terms of symbols and colours.
NAUTICAL INFORMATION PROVISION WORKING GROUP (NIPWG)
NAUTICAL CARTOGRAPHY WORKING GROUP (NCWG) (Formerly CSPCWG)
The Inter-Regional Coordination Committee (Programme 3 of the IHO Work Programme) supervises the IHO Capactiy Building Strategy, promotes the wider use and collection of marine data and is responsible for the policy matters related to the Worldwide Electronic Navigational Chart Database (WEND), unless otherwise instructed by the Council. The IRCC coordinates and promotes cooperation with other international and regional organizations in areas of mutual interest, including but not limited to the operation of the World-Wide Navigational Warning Service, the development and maintenance of standards of competence for hydrographic surveyors and nautical cartographers, mapping the seafloor and governing undersea feature names.
HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYS WORKING GROUP (HSWG)
Lebanon joins the IHO
Lebanon has joined the International Hydrographic Organization. By becoming its 94th Member State, Lebanon will benefit from the organization’s resources and expertise in order to improve safety of navigation and contribute to the development of its maritime activities.
IHO Assembly sets the priorities for the next 3 years
The IHO Assembly has finished after 3 days of productive meetings. From 16 to 18 November IHO Member States were able to discuss how to move forward on work items, with the Assembly being held by videoconference.
Updated IHO Geospatial Information Registry
The IHO has released an updated Geospatial Information Registry which now contains over 7000 items for the modelling of oceanic data.
New guide on accuracy of depth information in Electronic Navigational Charts - ENCs
Data provided in electronic navigational charts can vary greatly in accuracy depending on when the sea survey to gather the data was carried out, the type of technology used, as well as the seafloor coverage.