During the celebration of the 6th Meeting of the Hydrographic Services and Standards Committee (HSSC) of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), activity carried out in the city of Viña del Mar, on Wednesday November 12th, representatives from the different delegations that were part of the conference, led by the Director of the International Hydrographic Office, Mr. Gilles Bessero, visited the premises of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA).
During their visit, over 40 representatives were received by the Director of the Service , Rear admiral Mr. Patricio Carrasco, who welcomed and invited them to learn about the duties of the SHOA through a presentation and a tour around the Hydrography Department; area directly related to the production of Nautical Charts and Electronic Nautical Charts. They also visited the printing division, where all these publications are printed and other products are produced, which aim to provide safety and help to navigation.
Additionally, the delegations from Germany, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, The United Kingdom, as well as the industry and Non-governmental International Organizations, had the chance to see the Operations Room of the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM), with which they were clearly impressed, by the technological and professional level that the Service currently has, which according to what they said, is not something you see on a daily basis at an Hydrographic office.
After the tour, Mathias Jonas, President of the Committee of the HSSC, expressed feeling surprised by how the SHOA shows, just like the IHO suggests, that the Hydrography is much more than Nautical Charts. “The synergy that exists in this Service where you can find material related to tsunamis, the official time and other aspects, should be taken as an example on an international level. You can tell that the SHOA has developed itself very well and the responsibilities that this Service has on a national, and on an international level, are being handled at a highest level”, he said.
By the end of the activity the Director of the IHO, in company of Mathias Jonas, President of the HSSC Committee, wrote on the Visitor’s Book of the Service about how grateful they are, and their acknowledgment for the constant work carried out by the SHOA, especially the human resource behind it, which is reflected in each product and service delivered to the international hydrographic community.