For the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy it is of paramount importance to maintain permanent contact with those who have had the mission of leading this Unit and establish guidelines in the different areas where they work. They are one of the main witnesses of the progress and challenges that each year this Unite faces, always with the vision of providing quality products that allow providing safe navigation through Charts and Nautical Publications as well as timely service and efficient in everything related to tsunami genic events.

In that context, on August 9, nine Former Directors of the SHOA participated in a meeting where they unveiled the most important aspects of the whole process of modernization that has been developing the Service, either in terms of infrastructure as well of technological innovation. Moreover, the educational work through the Training Center and the challenges that exist regarding the training of new specialists in Hydrography and Oceanography were addressed.

During the activity, the Director of the SHOA, Rear Admiral Patricio Carrasco Hellwig, emphasized the work and efforts made by the Service to consolidate the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM) and the recent implementation of the Prediction and Tsunami Warning System - SIPAT, whose characteristics allow further expansion of its capabilities and to incorporate new technology, optimizing emergency response.

Following the presentation, the Former Directors visited the Operations Room of the SNAM, where they could see firsthand the new premises and equipment used for receiving information, analysis and sea level monitoring stations deployed along Chile.

Later, visitors toured the new facilities of the Maestranza where the staff of the General Services Department, showed them part of the work that takes place there, mainly maintenance, repair and logistical support to the various activities carried out by the SHOA.