Meet the Hydro International Team at Oceanology International (R-Y)

In the third week of March, the entire marine world will be gathering in London, as this is where the biannual Oceanology International event is taking place. The exhibition and the conference bring together technological and scientific developments. With over 550 exhibitors and a state of the art conference programme OI12 is definitely the place to be. OI12 will be held from 13 to 15 March at the ExCel Exhibition and Conference Centre in Londonfs Docklands. The organisers are expecting at least 7,000 visitors to attend. Hydro international will of course be present. We not only have a stand (No.... (read more)
2012-03-08 10:09:21

GLONASS, GPS and GALILEO Present and Future Aspects

Global Navigation and Hydrography is the theme of this issue. GALILEO has received a ‘green light’, GPS has planned some important improvements and GLONASS has entered on a significant development programme. Time for HI to ask experts involved in each GNSS for their opinion on certain topics and finally to put the question: ‘What is in it all for us surveyors?’ The experts interviewed are: Dr Vidal Ashkenazi (GALILEO), Dr Keith McDonald (GPS) and Dr Boris Shebshaevich (GLONASS). The planned GALILEO-system involves some discussion in connection with already present GNSS systems and some of our questions had a political aspect.... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Gentlemen, on Your Marks!

IHB Candidates for a Director Position Ready to Go
Every five years, tensions at the International Hydrographic Conference in Monaco rise to a maximum, when the Member States of the IHO gather to vote for the three director positions at the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB). The next Conference will take place from 23 to 27 April, and it is election time again. So far, the Bureau has received nine nominations, from five continents. One nomination is a current director, Robert Ward from Australia. The other two current directors, Vice Admiral Alexandros Maratos from Greece and Captain Hugo Gorziglia from Chile, are not allowed to be nominated again as they... (read more)
2012-04-20 12:15:43

The Future of ECDIS

After a gap of five years, the 2nd ECDIS Conference took place in Singapore in October 2003. At first glance everything was as before: the venue of the conference, its organisers, the lecturers and companies involved, and Ð strangely enough Ð even many of the titles of the presentations. But the most important item had changed and this was the mood in which the topic was presented. Five years ago almost everybody agreed that we were about to see a great breakthrough in the ambitious IMO/IHO ECDIS venture. This time, a gloomy mood of resignation and frustration seems to have... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Satellite Navigation

Over the last twenty years Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers have revolutionised navigation. Integrated devices are capable of providing time, position, height, direction, heave and attitude, to accuracy of a few nanoseconds time, 1cm position or 0.01-degree heading. This article explores the future development and implications of Satellite Positioning. Satellite Positioning dominates navigation at sea, in the air and on land and is now available in our cell phones and wristwatches. How it currently works was explored in the October 2006 issue of Hydro international in an article titled ‘Satellite Positioning’ (pp 35-39). But how will it work in the... (read more)
2007-01-12 12:00:00

Grounding of the Queen Elizabeth 2 (response)

The Rest of the Story
Last month we brought you the story of the famous Cunard cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), which grounded on 7 August 1992 off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and the state of Rhode Island. Captain Lusk stated that the US judicial system arrived at the wrong decision regarding who was at fault for the QE2 grounding and suggested that the US agency for this survey, the US Coast and Geodetic Survey, predecessor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), should have investigated and determined the shoal depth. On this page we give NOAA the opportunity to respond to... (read more)
2009-06-26 12:00:00

The Rocknes Casualty 2004

A Chartmaker’s Retrospect
The MV Rocknes (about 17,000 GRT (Gross Register Tons), draught approximately 10.5m, see Figure 1), en route from Eikefet, Norway to Emden, Germany, hit a shoal in Vatlestraumen, Norway on 19 January 2004. The vessel carried a pilot from the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA). Soon after the grounding the ship capsized with the loss of 18 crew. 12 crew were rescued. Norwegian Hydrographic Service (NHS) was blamed for not publishing its knowledge of a presumed new shoal in the Vatlestraumen. Three subsequent lawsuits were necessary to establish a credible explanation of the accident’s root causes. 10 years after the serious... (read more)
2014-07-17 01:17:21

IC-ENC: Showing the Way for RENCs

International Co-operation for ENC Coverage
Producing official Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) is a responsibility of every coastal state. Making ENCs work together flawlessly and seamlessly on an ECDIS display requires close co-operation between Hydrographic Offices. Twenty-five countries from all continents, numbers growing, have already agreed to co-operate under the umbrella of the International Centre for ENCs (IC-ENC) to ensure high-quality and consistent data, and to release all ENCs to accredited companies providing official services to the global maritime market. Ideally such co-operation should involve all HOs in achieving worldwide ENC coverage of consistent quality: an aim that would be facilitated by forming a worldwide ENC... (read more)
2007-01-12 12:00:00

Citizen Mapping and Charting (part 3)

Part 3: How the ‘Download Generation’ will Drive Electronic Charting in a New Direction
We are about to see an amazing transformation over the next decade, as the generation that grew up with the internet, wireless communication and geo-location starts to take over the work force. Never before has a generation had such a technological leap over their parents. As technologically savvy as ‘baby boomers’ perceive themselves to be, they are no match for their offspring. It is so common that parents defer to their offspring or grandchildren for technological guidance that it’s no longer a cliché or point of humour; it just “Is what it is”. This ‘download generation’ will change our charting... (read more)
2009-12-29 01:55:15

Small Boat Work – Dangerous Then, Dangerous Today

The ability to conduct inshore hydrographic surveys has always been dependent on small boats and the seamanship of those conducting the surveys. Besides the obvious use of small boats for the acquisition of soundings and their accompanying positions, it was not so long ago that many surveys of remote and open coastlines also had to transport topographic and geodetic survey crews to shore camps or daily work areas. Although the nature of both shore work and hydrographic work has changed somewhat over the years, small boat work with its attendant dangers has remained a constant. Before the days of radio... (read more)
2016-09-27 04:24:02
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