SHOA

CHILEAN NAVY HYDROGRAPHIC AND OCEANOGRAPHIC SERVICE

A great deal of interest is what the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA) has generated, in terms of research and detection of tsunamis through the National Tsunami Warning System.

On Wednesday, October 7, Dr. Holly A. Bamford, Administrative Assistant of the National Service of Oceans from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), visited the SHOA accompanied by a NOAA delegation, as well as representatives from the State Department and the US Ambassador in Chile, Mr. Michael A. Hammer.

Upon arrival, Dr. Bamford, and those accompanying her, were welcomed by the Director of the Service, Rear-admiral Mr. Patricio Carrasco, who welcomed them, and gave them a presentation about the Service, in which he talked about the main activities carried out by the SHOA, emphasizing all the work performed in the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM), especially during the last tsunami experiences that have affected Chile. He also mentioned how important it is for both countries and all the nations along the Pacific Ocean, the signing of the Cooperation Agreement for the installation of two tsunami-detecting buoys – DART 4G.

After the presentation, the group moved on to the Operations Room of the SNAM, where they experienced the technical and professional abilities that the System has. Additionally, he explained the different dynamics and protocols used in case of an emergency, between the different organisms involved. Later, they headed towards the backup system of the SNAM Room (Shelter), where they learned about the equipment used for work and the different communication systems that are available to face these events.

By the end of the tour, Dr. Bamford was invited to sign the book for Distinguished Visitors of the Service, in which she expressed: "It is an excellent agency and I am very impressed by your abilities, systems and skills to save lives. We thank you for this agreement and cooperation with the NOAA, and we invite you to continue working together".