In the morning of 12 December, Captain Mr. Luigi Sinapi, Director of the Italian Navy Hydrographic Institute; accompanied by Lieutenant Commander Mr. Paolo Lusiani, and the Defense Attaché of the Italian Embassy in Chile, Captain Mr. Stefano DellAlba, visited the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy.

Upon arrival the delegation was received by the Director of the SHOA, Rear-admiral Mr. Patricio Carrasco, who gave them a presentation about the most important aspects of the Service, emphasizing the production process for National Nautical Cartography, the work being developed in terms of scientific-marine research through the National Oceanographic Committee; its participation in international organisms representing Chile, among others.

Later, Lieutenant Commander Mr. Paolo Lusiani gave a presentation about the Italian Navy Hydrographic Institute, in which he talked about their most important milestones, aspects related to their organization and areas of work, as well as their production of Cartography and Nautical Publications.

After the presentations, during which they also learned about the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM), the group toured some of the departments of the Service where they could experience the different activities involved in the production of paper and electronic Nautical Charts, and the printing and binding processes of the Nautical Publications pertained by the Production Department.

Finally, Captain Sinapi was invited to sign the Book for Distinguished Visitors of the SHOA, in which he acknowledged the labor performed by the Service and his interest in working together with the Italian Navy Hydrographic Institute. “…Congratulations to the SHOA, for what you do for your country and the safety you provide for the Chilean population. I look forward to our Services working together in the future.” He said.