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Inter-Regional Coordination Committee discusses strategic IHO endeavours

The Inter-Regional Coordination Committee (IRCC) met last week in Denpasar, Bali to review progress and next steps for the Regional Hydrographic Commissions and various thematic working groups. Hosted by Pushidrosal, the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Centre of the Indonesian Navy, it provided a forum to discuss ocean mapping, nautical cartography, capacity-building, etc. as well as to identify actions to be taken at regional and global levels. 

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Inter-Regional Coordination Committee discusses strategic IHO endeavours

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How to Participate in World Hydrography Day

Celebrated on 21 June, World Hydrography Day is designed to raise awareness about hydrography and how it plays a role in improved knowledge of the seas and oceans.

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How to Participate in World Hydrography Day

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Mediterranean and Black Sea countries discuss charting in the region

The 23rd Conference of the Mediterranean and Black Seas Hydrographic Commission (MBSHC) took place in Slovenia end of March. Coastal states discussed coordination of charting in the region, governance and capacity-building among others.

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Mediterranean and Black Sea countries discuss charting in the region

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The French Minister for the Sea visits the IHO

Mrs Annick Girardin, French Minister for the Sea, came to the offices of the IHO during an official visit to the Principality of Monaco on Friday 10 September. The Minister was accompanied by H.E. Mr Laurent Stéfanini, Ambassador of France to Monaco as well as other government representatives.

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The French Minister for the Sea visits the IHO

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New chair & vice chair of GEBCO Guiding Committee

Members of the GEBCO Guiding Committee met online 18-20 January to discuss the project’s direction for the coming year, including upcoming initiatives, resource allocation etc. During the meeting, members elected Mr Evert Flier from Norway as the new chair of the Guiding Committee, and Dr Marzia Rovere from Italy as vice chair for 2021 – 2024.

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New chair & vice chair of GEBCO Guiding Committee

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Progress on Hydrographic Standards and Services

On 3 May 2021 a 3-day meeting spanning across all time zones began, with sessions starting at 01:00 in the morning for some, ending at 3:00 AM. for others, 120 participants, 29 IHO Member States from Asia, Americas, Europe, Middle-East, South Pacific, 5 NGIOS, 8 industry partners, user representatives… 12 working groups and project teams, an enlightening stakeholders’ session on the theme “Requirements and suggestions for the S-100 Implementation Decade in Navigation Systems – An industry and user perspective”, and more than 20 hydrographic existing and future standards under the spotlight, more than 70 decisions and actions to move forward - that was the 13th annual meeting of the IHO Hydrographic Services & Standards Committee chaired by M. Magnus Wallhagen, from the Swedish Maritime Authority.

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Progress on Hydrographic Standards and Services

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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.

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Lebanon joins the IHO

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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.

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IHO Assembly sets the priorities for the next 3 years

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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.

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Updated IHO Geospatial Information Registry