Hydrography Sector Should Have Stronger Focus to Customers' Needs

5 Questions to….Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes, Acting CEO and National Hydrographer, UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO)
Hydro International spoke to five leading experts about the present and future of the hydrographic industry. In this interview, Rear Admiral Peter Sparks (UKHO) talks of the exciting period of innovation and technological development that we are currently going through, and how important it is to embrace change and adapt to thrive. 2020 has been an extraordinary year. What are the impacts of Covid-19 on the hydrographic industry, and what other factors have influenced the business? Covid-19 had a significant impact on the hydrographic industry and the wider maritime sector, with so many factors creating a real risk of disruption.... (read more)
2021-01-26 09:27:54

ADMIRALTY Blue Data Conference

About the conference At this critical time for our global seas and oceans, the Blue Data Conference brings together leading experts in ocean science, marine data and the blue economy to explore the transformative power of blue data. Together, we seek to address some of the defining questions for our ocean industries and for the marine environment.   Addressing the big questions We bring together opinion leaders from the global marine community to share their insight and expertise on the key challenges facing us all, address key questions when it comes to our oceans, and find effective solutions together.   The blue... (read more)
2020-12-07 02:19:21

UKHO Announces Release of Seabed Mapping Service

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has launched a new beta version of its Seabed Mapping Service, now available via the ADMIRALTY Marine Data Portal. The ADMIRALTY Marine Data Portal is the UKHO’s portal for a wide range of marine data sets ranging from the seabed to the coast, offshore and beyond. This includes extensive data on bathymetry, wrecks and obstructions, along with a range of apps and APIs, to enable users to help inform a wide range of decisions to support a safe, secure and thriving future for the blue economy. The Seabed Mapping Service provides access to data that has... (read more)
2020-11-24 09:56:56

UKHO Appoints Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes as Acting Chief Executive

The UK Hydrographic Office has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes, the current UK National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive, to the position of Acting Chief Executive and Accounting Officer. Rear Admiral Sparkes will take this position whilst a permanent replacement is sought for Tim Lowe CBE, the previous Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the UKHO, who announced his retirement on 10 July. Commenting on Tim’s retirement, Peter Sparkes said: “On behalf of the Senior Leadership Team and all at the UK Hydrographic Office, I want to acknowledge and thank Tim for the significant personal and professional... (read more)
2020-07-14 04:38:37

Alexander Dalrymple Award given to Indian Government Chief Hydrographer

The 2019 Alexander Dalrymple Award has been presented to Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar, national hydrographer to the Government of India, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian hydrography and hydrography across the wider Indian Ocean region.  The Alexander Dalrymple Award was first awarded by the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) in 2006 and is named after the first hydrographer of the Admiralty. Recipients of the award are selected by the Executive Committee of the UKHO for their efforts in raising the standards of hydrography, cartography and navigation around the world. Most Challenging Environments to Survey Having joined the Indian Navy in 1982,... (read more)
2020-05-18 01:24:36

“Maintaining Safety of Life at Sea Remains our Highest Priority”

“On behalf of the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), I would like to reassure users of our products and services that maintaining safety of life at sea during this time remains one of our highest priorities. We are working hard to ensure that there is minimal disruption to the production and delivery of our products and services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Through our dedicated UKHO COVID-19 working group, we are continuing to monitor the situation and are implementing the latest advice from the UK government to help safeguard UKHO staff. We have enacted our comprehensive business continuity plans, including remote... (read more)
2020-03-28 10:00:16

Hydrographic Offices Taking Measures Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Several hydrographic offices have announced that they will take measures related to the coronavirus pandemic. The French Hydrographic Office (SHOM) said that with effect from Wednesday 18 March, no updates – including Notices to Mariners, Standard Nautical Chart (SNC), New Editions and ENC updates – will be made to their products, meaning that ENC charts starting with the country identifier FR will not receive updates until further notice. Caution is advised when using these products for navigation. NAVAREA warnings will be used by France to issue the most critical navigational information, SHOM stated. Philippines Hydrographic Office The Philippines Hydrographic Office has announced... (read more)
2020-03-24 11:17:23

UK Hydrographic Office Rolls Out ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service Online

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced that two ADMIRALTY distributors are now approved providers of ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) Online, the shore-based version of the maritime chart service. Bogerd Martin and Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) are the first distributors authorized to provide AVCS Online to their customers. The service has been developed by the UKHO in response to the need for shore-based teams to access AVCS from their office. AVCS Online can be integrated seamlessly into web-based systems such as Bogerd Martin’s Chart-Track Ship Manager and GNS’ Voyager FLEET INSIGHT (VFI).  Shore-based Users AVCS Online gives shore-based users... (read more)
2020-03-25 12:00:45

Fugro's CEO: “Working for a Safer and More Sustainable World”

Interview with Mark Heine
Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, with the headquarters in the Netherlands. Fugro is the leading and largest specialised survey company in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and calls itself a Geo-data specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, challenges are never too high to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition, from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership style, strategies for finding new employees, and Seabed 2030. About this ambitious project, Heine says ‘Commercial companies need to work together with NGOs and academia to make this happen.’ Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. Fugro is among the leading and largest specialized survey companies in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and describes itself as a geodata specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, no challenge is too great to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership styles, strategies for finding new employees, and... (read more)
2020-03-19 02:28:42

UK Government and Southern Africa Cooperate to Develop the Marine Economy

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) are working with the Southern Africa and Islands Hydrographic Commission (SAIHC) to establish regulations and legislation that promote the growth of the region’s ocean economy. Across the world, we are becoming increasingly reliant on our oceans, depending on them for food, energy and livelihoods, these organizations say. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), our increasing dependence on this resource will mean our global ocean economy – which includes activities ranging from shipping and fishing to renewables – will grow to reach US$3 trillion by 2030.... (read more)
2020-03-02 10:07:16
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