‘Hydrography’

Why is this book different from the wide range of books on hydrography? As an oceanographer I have spent a lot of time reading books on the general knowledge of hydrography. Most of them are self-explanatory. However, they hardly ever cover half the range of topics that are the building stones of hydrography. The authors of this book have set out to and succeeded in presenting an introduction to and overview of the broad field of hydrography. It is impossible to cover all these topics in great detail, as such a book would be far from enjoyable to read. However,... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00 Kim Suykens, Physical Oceangrapher, Ingenieursbureau S.D. Kamminga, The Netherlands

Hydrography: Teamwork

Our profession is one that carries with it lots of wonderful things. Travelling to remote places, exploring new territories, fighting the elements, providing new routes as well as improving existing ones for mariners, all belong to the uniqueness of being hydrographer. But these tasks and conditions also demand that hydrographers work very closely together, both in the field and between field parties and the office, to achieve the aims of a survey. Facing adversity as teams of professionals and technicians, along with the hydrographic vessel crew, nurtures very bonded human relations. Relations based upon the shared sacrifice of being away... (read more)
2007-02-02 12:00:00 Luis Salgado, President Desmar Ltd., Chile

Chinese Hydrography

The Chinese Dragon rears its head in many fields of the world economy and despite the latest reports of a slowdown of growth, it is interesting to see the development in hydrographic surveying and chart production. The Chinese hydrographic sector is certainly increasing. Let’s take a look at a few figures from the Chinese Maritime Safety Authority, under which the Hydrographic Office falls, laid down in the annual report of 2010. The Chinese surveyed 26,814.89km2 in 2010, compared to 15,722.42km2 in 2006. Of this total, 6,209.5km2 was surveyed in the North Sea area, 10,830.94km2 in het East Sea Area and... (read more)
2012-11-20 04:52:19 Durk Haarsma, publishing director, Hydro International

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 nature conservation. Like a doctor not seeing his own kid is ill, or a contractor not working on his own house in his spare time. But I haven't developed a blind spot for living resources, just sometimes a theme comes up that's too interesting too ignore. In promising to make it up to you over living resources, I would like to introduce Hydrography 2.0!   Invite you into a... (read more)
2009-10-05 10:09:27 Roosmarijn Haring, editor in chief Hydro International

World Hydrography Day: Hydrography For Maritime Trade

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) celebrates World Hydrography Day (WHD) on 21st of June, this year carrying the theme Hydrographic Services - the essential element for maritime trade. This is the anniversary date on which the IHO was created in 1921. The theme for each year's celebration highlights aspects of the work and the contribution that the IHO makes to the world community. For 2010 the IHO has chosen the theme, ‘Hydrographic Services - the essential element for maritime trade'. Maritime trade is extremely important to most countries in the world, and hydrography and the provision of nautical charts are... (read more)
2010-05-06 09:16:46

Low-budget Hydrography

This month’s theme led several readers to share some (mostly) happy memories with us… here are two of them. Scientific Beer Drinking One typical example of low-cost hydrography is measuring ocean currents by means of drift bottles. This simple method has been used for many years. Already in 1787, French author and natural researcher Bernardin de Saint-Pierre invited mariners to release bottles into the sea containing notes with information for the finder on position and date of release of the bottle and address for return to sender. In 1885, on one of his first cruises onboard his oceanographic research vessel... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00 Cor Mallie, CDR RNlN (Ret.), Hans van Opstal, RAdm RNlN (Ret.)

Starters in Hydrography

Hydro International interviews Lieutenant Matt Templeton, Elise Bergsma, Michelle Weirathmueller and Mohd Zukhairi Abd Latef
There is a global shortage of hydrographic surveyors. Vacancies and demands for personnel at sea mean surveyors are becoming the most wanted specialists in the offshore world. Institutes of hydrographic education around the world are struggling to attract enough students and companies are taking on students before even they have graduated. We found some students at the start of their careers and asked them what they expected from their life in hydrography. HI : Why have you decided to become a hydrographer?Templeton: I like the balance between the hard days in the field and the challenging evenings working through the... (read more)
2007-01-12 12:00:00 Hydro International

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 bigger parts of the ocean for exploration, beyond the Exclusive Economic Zone of 200 nautical miles, all under the strict regulations of the same convention of course. It also offers ample business opportunities for all hydrographic surveying companies and manufacturers. Where large parts of the oceans are still unmapped, claims are laid down and the search for new sources to explore increases, disputes on maritime delimitation will increasingly be brought to the International... (read more)
2012-03-08 09:46:20 Durk Haarsma, publishing director, Hydro International

World Hydrography Day 2013

The Hydrographic Society Benelux highlighted World Hydrography Day 2013 (WHD’13) with a workshop dedicated to the theme of WHD’13: ’Hydrography – underpinning the blue economy’. The workshop was organised in Scheveningen (the port of The Hague), a fishing port. Two deep-sea trawlers (length > 110m, GT >6,000) owned by Jaczon BV were berthed for maintenance and participants were invited to visit the ships for an explanation by their skippers on the use of oceanographic parameters and sonar equipment to catch fish in pelagic fishing operations. An interesting subject (water column imaging) for hydrographers. Rijkswaterstaat’s survey vessel Zirfea was berthed nearby... (read more)
2013-09-06 04:00:59 Leeke van der Poel, Chairman, Hydrographic Society Benelux

Hydrography in China

Hydro International interviews Professor and Commodore Liu Yanchun, P.R. China
China has more than 900 lakes, some 5,800 rivers, of which five are very large, an 18,000km-long coastline and more than 6,000 islands in about 3.50 million square kilometres of sea area. All of this has to be surveyed and charted under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government. Ports are expanding rapidly and new ports are being built, also requiring an enormous hydrographic surveying effort. How is China doing this? What are the roles and responsibilities of the Maritime Safety Administration, the Chinese Navy, port authorities and surveying companies? We asked the head of the Department of Hydrography and Cartography... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00
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