Hydrographic Surveying in the Port of London

Charting for the 21st Century
By the end of this year, the gap will have finally closed on the mandatory requirements for ships to carry an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), with all existing vessels of over 10,000GT being required to be so equipped (all new vessels greater than 3,000GT already have to comply). This article explores the provision of the chart data for the Electronic Navigation Charts (ENC) available to such systems and how the UK's Port of London Authority (PLA), as a major port, is providing such data. This article has been brought to you by Teledyne CARIS To survey the... (read more)
2018-05-15 08:23:35

Digital Elevation Models of Coastal Areas

The specific goal of the Digital Elevation Models of Coastal Areas (DEMCA) project is to develop an innovative method to produce seamless digital elevation models of large, flat coastal areas. The major challenge is the acquisition of elevation data in the nearshore zone of the Flemish coast and Scheldt estuary in a ‘snapshot’ way. The acquired data must be validated, processed and stored in a database and integrated with other bathymetric and topographic datasets to create a seamless digital elevation model (DEM). In its search for companies willing to develop a disruptive solution, the Maritime Access Division of the Flemish... (read more)
2018-03-21 04:27:00

Grow Your Business with Geomares!

Whether you want to launch your new multibeam echosounder, are looking for an outstanding surveyor, aim to strengthen brand recognition or are keen to demonstrate the tangible benefits of your unmanned solutions, Geomares is a key partner in growing your business! As the publisher of 'Hydro International' and various other titles, we form the link in the interaction between professional buyers and business in the hydrographic community. To find out how we can help you grow your business, come and talk to our enthusiastic team of dedicated, knowledgeable marketing advisors and content professionals at Oi18. They are always happy to... (read more)
2018-03-06 01:08:21

Seabed 2030: A Call to Action

Despite countless days of surveying at sea, we have still mapped less than 20 percent of the world’s oceans. It is time to get organised, according to Rear Adm Shepard M. Smith, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and the US national representative to the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). With his paper titled 'Seabed 2030: A plan for high-resolution maps of the ocean by 2030', he will be opening the Hydrography, Geophysics & Geotechnics track of the conference at Oceanology International 2018 on 13 March at London’s ExCel. Read on for a preview of his presentation. Many people like me... (read more)
2018-03-06 09:02:43

Fugro Leads Marine Industry in Support of Global 'Seabed 2030' Initiative

Fugro is leading the marine survey industry in support of NF-GEBCO Seabed 2030, a global initiative to produce a definitive, high-resolution bathymetric map of the entire world’s ocean floor by the year 2030. The initiative is being facilitated by the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) project in partnership with The Nippon Foundation (NF) as a means to inform global policy, improve sustainable use and advance scientific research. Much less than 20 percent of the world’s oceans are mapped using modern survey techniques and Fugro recognises the importance of accurate seabed measurements (bathymetry) to numerous government, scientific and industry... (read more)
2018-02-27 01:25:17

Israeli Navy Transforms to New GIS Technology

The Transformation to a 21st Century Organization with New GIS Maritime Workflows
The Israeli Navy Hydrographic Branch (INHB) is transforming itself into a 21st-century organization. Moving away from traditional methods of generating hydrographic products, INHB has adopted geographic information system (GIS) technology. This forms part of the evolution towards a full modern Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI). Speed of production, diversity of the products generated, and a closer working relationship with other departments have been among the key drivers of the transformation. Established in 1976, the INHB’s mission is to produce all hydrographic and cartographic requirements for the Israeli Navy. That includes surveying, generating paper charts and ENC and nautical publication production.... (read more)
2018-02-20 10:30:10

Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project

The Team Behind the Map
In October 2017, The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, which plans to map 100% of the world’s ocean floor by 2030, held its first meeting of regional data centre heads at the National Oceanographic Centre at Southampton University. Along with the head of the global data centre, a soon-to-be appointed project director, dedicated research teams, and in partnership with The Nippon Foundation, they will be responsible for delivering the project’s mission. Regional Data Centres The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project will utilise four Regional Data Assembly and Coordination Centres (RDACCs). Each will be supported by a Regional Mapping Committee, and... (read more)
2017-12-05 01:39:53


In this last issue of the year, I would like to look ahead to 2018, but also to the years beyond. While 2017 was still a struggle for many in our industry, it feels good to dwell a little on a bright future to come after this period, especially in these very dark months in our part of the world. I would like to do that with the new Secretary-General of the International Hydrographic Organisation Mathias Jonas. Hydro International interviewed the Secretary-General for this issue. Mathias Jonas has been in touch with IMO and IHO since the nineties and therefore appreciates... (read more)
2017-12-05 01:37:05

Chart Management and Production for Sweden’s Coastline

Streamlining Chart Production and Promoting Safer Sea
Sweden is a unique archipelago with thousands of islands, and hydrographic survey data is critical to managing its rocky coastal waterways. The Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) is responsible for the accessibility, navigability and safe passage for vessels along the country’s 3,218 kilometres (2,000 miles) of coastline. The area of responsibility also includes Sweden’s four largest lakes, as well as rivers and canals with international traffic. This article has been brought to you by Teledyne CARIS. The SMA provides and develops environmentally friendly and efficient sea routes through a 24-hour service, and supports a range of activities including pilotage, fairway maintenance, ice-breaking,... (read more)
2017-11-13 01:04:14

Research-driven Tools for Ocean Mappers

Fighting Repetitive, Manual and Error-prone Routines the Smart Way
Current technologies can help ocean mappers and cartographers to fight repetitive, manual and error-prone routines the smart way. In a world where artificial intelligence is playing a key role in everyday life, it is disappointing when the everyday routines of an ocean mapper or cartographer involve solutions that are crudely manual, repetitive and error prone. Although the root causes of this situation might be debatable (e.g., constraints from abstruse formats, obscure algorithms, obsolete specifications, or a combination thereof), the advantages to the ocean mapping community of catching up with current-era technologies and moving towards smarter and more automated solutions are... (read more)
2017-10-25 12:39:35
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