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100 Years of International Cooperation in Hydrography

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) is celebrating its 100 years of existence on Monday 21 June 2021, World Hydrography Day, which is celebrated every year all over the world.

Established in Monaco following an invitation by Prince Albert I, the IHO provides a forum for its 94 Member States to come together and progress on issues related to measuring the physics and features of the ocean.

As part of the celebrations, speeches from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Dr Mathias Jonas, IHO Secretary-General, Ingenieur General Laurent Kerléguer, Director General of the French Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (Shom), as well as HEM Peter Thomson, the UN Special Envoy for the Ocean will be broadcast live on the IHO YouTube channel.

Italy is sending the Amerigo Vespucci, a tall ship of the Italian Navy, which serves as a training ship for cadets.

Beyond reviewing past achievements, the celebrations will also look to the future. In order to showcase modern survey technology to obtain hydrographic and oceanographic data, several autonomous vehicles and drones will be deployed in Monaco.

iXblue will demonstrate Drix, a 7.7m autonomous surface vehicle which is able to conduct both remote-controlled and supervised autonomous operations. The Drix will perform sea trials in the entrance of the port Hercule in Monaco on Monday 21 June from 11am to 2pm.

ECA GROUP will display the A18D Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) on the Digue in Port Hercule, pier Rainier III. The A18D is 5,5m long, has an endurance of 24 hours, can achieve speeds up to 6 knots and can operate in depths of 3000m.

Both ECA and iXblue will have information stands with videos on the pier Rainier III in the Port Hercule in front of the Amerigo Vespucci. Access is free and open to the public on Monday 21 June from 2 – 4 pm. Staff will be available to answer questions and present the new seabed mapping strategies around the world, as well as how their autonomous vehicles can gather data to support oil & gas, oceanography, etc.

At 2pm CEST, there will be a webinar on the implications and future of hydrography. This will include a panel discussion with IHO Member State representatives and industry partners such as:

  • Dr Geneviève Béchard, National Hydrographer of Canada and Chair of the IHO Council
  • Bjorn Jalving, Senior Vice President Technology, Kongsberg
  • Emma Wise, Sales Director at SevenCs/ChartWorld International
  • Dr Peter Heffernan, Ocean Ambassador, former CEO Marine Institute Ireland

The webinar will also include speeches from partner organizations:

  • Dr Vladimir Ryabinin, IOC UNESCO Executive-Secretary
  • HEM Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary-General
  • Prof. Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary General
  • HEM Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General
  • Frances Baskerville, CIRM Secretary-General
  • Francis Zachariae, IALA Secretary-General

People interested in participating in the webinar can register here.

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