Within the context of his participation on the 2nd Conference “Nuestro Oceano”, to be held in the city of Valparaíso, the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (COI) and Deputy Director of the UNESCO, Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, visited the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA), on Sunday, October 4.

Upon arrival, Mr. Ryabinin was received by the Director of the SHOA, Rear-admiral Mr. Patricio Carrasco, who welcomed him, and made a thorough presentation about the Service, emphasizing its most relevant duties, and its marine scientific research activities performed through the National Oceanographic Committee (CONA), and the participation of this Service, as representatives of Chile, in important international organizations such as the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), the COI and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO), among others.

Later, the Executive Secretary of the COI learned about the operation of the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM) and how the SHOA has faced the latest events, in 2014 as well as the most recent earthquake and tsunami on September 16, in the 4th Region.

Being this his first visit to the SNAM, and him being involved in this specific area during the 90s, the Executive Secretary was very impressed by the progress made on this subject, emphasizing that what he saw during his visit in the SHOA shows the highest standards. Additionally, he highlighted the work done by the Navy in protecting the people and community in general, through the Service, making it a role model to other institutions.

After the tour, Dr. Ryabinin was grateful for the opportunity of getting to know the work performed by the professionals of the Service, pointing out the need for sharing the knowledge and experiences with other countries, such as the countries in the Mediterranean, where there is no recent records of earthquakes or tsunamis, which is no reason to believe that one of these events could not occur.

Finally, and before leaving the SHOA, Dr. Ryabinin was invited to sign the Book for Distinguished Visitors, where he expressed: "I want to highlight the importance of the work that you perform for your country. Your experience is very important for the whole world, and I would like to have this experience to strengthen the Tsunami Warning Program of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission".

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission promotes the international cooperation and coordinates marine research programs, services, observation systems, risk mitigation and development of the capacity to understand and manage the resources of the marine and coastal areas. By applying this knowledge, the commission has as an objective to improve the governance, management, institutional ability, and decision making of its Member States regarding the marine resources and the climatic variability, so, at the same time it benefits the sustainable development of the marine environment.

It is worth mentioning that in June, Chile was re-elected as a member of the Executive Council COI for the period 2016-2017, during the XXVIII General Assembly, which took place in Paris, France.