SHOA

CHILEAN NAVY HYDROGRAPHIC AND OCEANOGRAPHIC SERVICE

Mrs. Morín Contreras, Superintendent of the Region of O’Higgings, in company of representatives of the regional government, ONEMI and National Assets visited the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA). They were received by the Director of the Service, Rear admiral Mr. Patricio Carrasco and Commander Lieutenant Mr. César Cruzat.

After welcoming them, the superintendent in company of her delegation participated of a conference where the most important aspects of the service were addressed, as well as its history, structure, professional staff and the tasks carried out by the different departments, emphasizing the role of the SHOA in the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM) and the technological and professional level of the Operations Room of this System.

In the same topic, Rear admiral Carrasco explained part of the dynamics between the National Seismic Centre (CSN), the National Office of Emergencies of the Ministry of Interior and Public Safety (ONEMI) and the SHOA when a seismic event that has the characteristics to lead to a tsunami is registered, which immediately activates the Civil Protection System.

In this context all the technological advances that have been implemented in the SNAM since the earthquake in 2010 were shown to them when they visited the Operations Room of the SNAM, where the visitor could see for themselves the level of the equipment, the processes and information that must be analyzed and monitored by the professionals in charge of this Room. After that, they visited the Shelter, backup system of the SNAM which has all the necessary equipment to provide continuity to the processes of communication and monitoring, in the event that the SNAM Room was not able to perform.

By the end of the tour, the regional authority was invited to sign the Book for Distinguished Visitors in which she acknowledged the labor performed by this Service: “… you do a great job for this country, with commitment and dedication worthy of imitating. Outstanding premises, cutting edge technology and well trained staff; all of these make me think that we are well prepared to face a catastrophe”.         

Superintendent Contreras described as very valuable all the information she received during her visit, since it has provided her concrete orientation regarding the functioning of the organization, not only during catastrophe events or emergencies. “This visit has been very beneficial. We feel very grateful for the time that you have given us and above all we have learned how to improve our effectiveness in the work we are doing today”.