The National Director of the State Borders and Boundaries Department (DIFROL) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ximena Fuentes Torrijo, visited the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA) on June 29, accompanied by the Director of the General Directorate of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine, Vice-admiral Mr. Osvaldo Schwarzenberg, the Directors of Maritime Interests and Aquatic Environment, Rear-admiral Lieutenant Mr. Otto Mrugalski Meiser and Director of Safety and Maritime Operations, Rear-admiral Lieutenant Mr. Mario Montejo Orellana.
Upon arrival, the Ambassador and her delegation were welcomed by the Director of the Service Rear-admiral Mr. Patricio Carrasco Hellwig, who made a presentation about the most relevant aspects of the SHOA and their influence in the development of the country, mainly emphasizing the production of National Nautical Cartography, activity in which both institutions have collaborated regarding topics such as the preservation and strengthening of the country’s territorial integrity from the maritime point of view.
After the presentation, the ambassador toured the SHOA, learning more about the different stages involved in the production of a Nautical Chart, process that begins with the oceanographic commissions and continues in an office where the data obtained during the survey are analyzed, which, together with field information, allow to produce this representation of high value for navigation along the national coast.
Later, the delegation visited the Time Station, where the atomic clock showing the Official Time in Chile is. Then, they toured the Operations Room of the SNAM, where they could see the technology that the SHOA utilizes to face a tsunami-related emergency.
It is important to mention that it is the first time that Ambassador Fuentes visits the SHOA as National Director of DIFROL, position she assumed on October 15, 2015.