During the morning of Friday, November 3, members of the Defense Council of the State, led by its President, Mrs. Maria Eugenia Manaud Tapia, visited the premises of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA), accompanied by the Secretary General of the Navy, Rear-admiral Mr. Leonel Muñoz Villarreal.
Secretary General of the Navy, Rear-admiral Mr. Leonel Muñoz Villarreal. The Director, Rear Admiral Patricio Carrasco Hellwig received the delegation, and along with providing a warm welcome, spoke about the most important aspects of the work of the Service. In the first instance, he referred to one of the main tasks of SHOA, which is oriented to the development of the National Nautical Cartography, whose purpose is to provide safe navigation to vessels that sail along the coast of Chile.
He also emphasized the contribution that is permanently given to marine scientific research through the National Oceanographic Committee (CONA), which coordinates a major research program in this area, the CIMAR Cruise. The CIMAR Cruise is currently on trip number 23 in the area between the Canal Baker and the Estrecho Nelson, including Caleta Tortel and Puerto Edén.
Continuing with his presentation, the Director explained how the National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM) operates, and the interactions that are generated with the agencies involved in emergency management for timely and effective response to the general community. In this respect, Admiral Carrasco referred to the technology that has been implemented after the event on February 27, 2010. The most recent is the Tsunami Warning and Prediction Integrated System (SIPAT); application that, to date, has more than 5900 pre-modeled scenarios, allowing, in the event of a tsunami, that an evacuation is not performed throughout the country, but only in those cities or regions that could be affected directly, as it happened in the Melinka event on December 25, 2016.
After the presentation, the visitors toured the Operations Room of SNAM, where they could experience hands-on the technological and professional level operating in this department to face future tsunamigenic events.
At the end of the tour the President of the Council was invited to sign the Guestbook for Distinguished Visitors of the Service, where she expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to visit, which proved highly illustrative and interesting.