Shift

Shift

We had prepared an extra thick edition of Hydro International for you, full of feature articles, columns, an interview and news from and a preview of Oceanology International 2020....

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Postponed, Not Cancelled

Postponed, Not Cancelled

More than 30 years ago, I had just accepted a new position in the government organization where I worked and I was instructed to organize our participation in a trade show. For me,...

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Inspiration

Inspiration

Ever since I was a young boy, I've always known what I wanted to be: a journalist. It has never been anything else, at least not for longer than a few days. I am not sure if the te...

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Are Multifunctional Robots in Control?

Are Multifunctional Robots in Control?

I recently received a press release from a company that develops robots. Nothing special, I thought, because there are more companies doing that, but this time my attention was dra...

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Past Shaping the Future

Past Shaping the Future

Every now and then you have to look back to understand the present and future. This might seem almost too logical to start this editorial with but at times these old truths become...

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eNav International

eNav International

Over half of the accidents taking place in merchant shipping are due to navigational errors, often of human origin, and the number of accidents is increasing. It is therefore fully...

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Wrecks

Wrecks

Two famous ship wrecks play an important role in this issue of Hydro International: the Titanic and the Costa Concordia. The maiden voyage of the brand new White Star Line ship Tit...

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Heart of Hydrography

Heart of Hydrography

Article 76 of the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the Extended Continental Shelf offered ample opportunities for coastal states to ‘claim’ even...

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Justification

Justification

Stakeholders in marine states and coastal regions need to include hydrographic surveys in their strategic plans and investments because the return on investment is at least 5 to 1...

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Be Prepared

Be Prepared

If you don't need it, don't buy it. That sounds like a very sensible attitude in times of crisis when money isn't available in abundance and people have to watch their wallets. On...

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Changing Role

Changing Role

Around the world, Hydrographic Offices, Societies and the International Hydrographic Organization celebrated World Hydrography Day on 21 June to raise public awareness for the vita...

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Sad Anniversary

Sad Anniversary

It's a sad anniversary. It's slightly more than a year after the disastrous blowout after the collapse of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. It quickly became cl...

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Looking Forward

Looking Forward

After a long and cold winter in the Northern Hemisphere, I’m looking forward to spring again. A warm breeze is already blowing in from the Caribbean with this issue’s i...

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Extinct

Extinct

This is the year before mandatory carriage of ECDIS will come into force. From 2012 onwards, vessels sailing under SOLAS regulations will be obliged to carry ECDIS on board. In ph...

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Zuiderzee to MSDI

Zuiderzee to MSDI

Right across from my desk I have put up a beautiful old hydrographic chart of the Zuiderzee. It's a facsimile by the Dutch Hydrographic Office of an 1852 chart, improved in 1859 an...

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Explorer

Explorer

Fascination for the North Pole is as old as humanity itself, and expeditions have been setting out for the Pole ever since the early twentieth century. Many men dreamed in their yo...

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Link Like Crazy

Link Like Crazy

I'm sure many of our readers have their own Facebook page, Twitter account or even MySpace corner on the web. In the online world it's important to link up. The features of linking...

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Inherent Value

Inherent Value

An inherent value of hydrography that governments and other public authorities often forget, is the economic one. They are not to blame, the economic value of hydrography is a deri...

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Pirates and Oil

Pirates and Oil

None of us can anymore imagine hydrographic work without satellite positioning. Improvements in performance since the first GPS satellite was launched on 22nd February 1978 have fi...

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What's New

What's New

We have just entered a new year and a new decade. What does the New Year bring? A bimonthly Hydro international with even more in-depth articles and ever faster news; videos and ne...

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Recession Over

Recession Over

Reports over the past few months have heralded the end of recession in more and more countries. There has even been news of modest economic growth. Profits are posted in unexpecte...

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Black Box Retrieval

Black Box Retrieval

Our July/August issue carried a news feature in the direct aftermath of the Air France Flight AF 447 crash. It seems this article was highly appreciated and, given the many comment...

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Hydrography 2.0

Hydrography 2.0

This month's theme is hydrography and living resources. However, you won't find any articles on the subject in this magazine. A bit strange coming from me, who for years worked in...

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Sectors in Infancy

Sectors in Infancy

Although many say the renewable energy sector is still in its infancy, the industry is quickly evolving. This Hydro international therefore carries a full Hydro energy special. Wh...

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Health and Safety

Health and Safety

This is the last page to go to press each month, so I can make it apt. Thus I was planning to tell you a juicy tale of my spooky night on a sailing vessel taking refuge from a gi...

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Present-day Piracy

Present-day Piracy

A few months ago I drew attention to the seizure of commercial vessels by armed groups from Somalia. Last year saw more than a hundred such attempts, a third ending in success for...

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Safe Navigation

Safe Navigation

Your Hydro international this month carries the theme ‘safe navigation' - obvious, maybe, since Monaco is preparing for the 4th Extraordinary Hydrographic Conference (2nd to...

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Chart Updating

Chart Updating

By Roosmarijn Haring   Safety of navigation is essential for the protection of lives and the environment. This is the basic premise of the United Nations (1974) proclamat...

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Hydrographic Family

Hydrographic Family

  Working back then as an aeolian specialist in collaboration with marine scientists, I never could have guessed that 10 years later I would be the new editor-in-chief of H...

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