As part of the ceremony to celebrate "World Hydrography Day", organized by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), the Director of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA), Rear Admiral Mr. Patricio Carrasco, was awarded the “2015 Alexander Dalrymple Award”. This event took place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London, and had a guest the Chilean Ambassador in England, Mr. Rolando Drago.

This award, created in 2006, recognizes outstanding dedication and major contribution to world hydrography. This award has been previously awarded to hydrographic surveyors from France, Germany, Japan, United States, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, and this time, for the first time, to a professional from South America.

For the nomination, an important aspect that was considered by the Executive Committee of the UKHO was the leadership and contribution that Rear Admiral Carrasco has had in the hydrographic area, not only in Chile, but also in the international community. His involvement in the Hydrographic Commission in Antarctica (HCA) is an example of it and in which, professionals from the Service, under the orders of its Director, have played an important role in the difficult topographical and cartographic work.

On the other hand, the work done by the SHOA, led by Rear-admiral Carrasco, has allowed it to place itself as one of the most important Services in the Pacific basin thanks to its valuable contribution not only through Cartography and Nautical Publications, but also because of the non-stop work performed by the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM), whose operations room counts with cutting-edge technology and a team highly trained to resolve and face any tsunami threat that may affect the Chilean coast, which has been proven after the events in the north of the country.

His active participation as a representative of Chile in different international entities, such as the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO); the Executive Committee of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), show the deep and constant commitment to the duties of the mentioned institutions, which has led him to be part of select work groups, such as the Executive Committee of the IOC and GEBCO.

After the ceremony, Rear-admiral Carrasco expressed his gratitude for such high privilege, and he acknowledged the men and women who are part of the Service. "I would like to receive this nomination not as a personal honor, but as recognition to the great labor performed by the professionals of the SHOA who, throughout the years, have performed an excellent work, in which the spirit of commitment , responsibility and professionalism have transformed in an cross trait in all their duties".

"This award motivates us to maintain the good work, with the same enthusiasm and dedication. It allows us to give a real meaning to all the effort and sacrifices that it means to explore our waters and trace safe paths for those moving through our vast coast, contributing like this, not only to the national development, but also to every country in the world", he said.

Rear-admiral  Patricio   Carrasco,   Director   of  the  SHOA Mr. Robert Ward, President of the International Hydrographic Office and the Chilean Ambassador in the United Kingdom, Rolando Drago.