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Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting

The NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel will meet Oct. 12-13, in Vancouver, Wash., to discuss operations, research and development, hydrographic surveying, nautical charting, and geodetic and geospatial measurements. The panel is a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the NOAA administrator on carrying out NOAA’s navigation services mission — to ensure the safe, efficient, and environmentally sound movement of commerce along America’s marine transportation system. The panel will hear from representatives from the maritime community, including port authority officials and marine pilots, as well as non-traditional users of navigation data like coastal planners and emergency responders. Agenda topics relate to both NOAA’s mission and a multitude of other topics including the West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health, local and regional marine and navigation issues. WHAT:           NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting: The entire meeting is open to the public with public comment periods scheduled in the afternoons. AGENDA:     Meeting agenda:  http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/meetings.htm Panel members:  http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/panel.htm WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PT WHERE:


Hydrographic Services Review Panel, May 4-6

The NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel will meet May 4-6 in Honolulu to discuss operations, research and development, hydrographic surveying, nautical charting, and geodetic and geospatial measurements. The panel is a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the NOAA Administrator on carrying out NOAA’s navigation services mission, which is to ensure the safe, efficient, and environmentally sound movement of commerce along America’s marine transportation system.  


Q-Mar Partners With Socomar

Q-Mar, specialist in the development of ECDIS for the naval and hydrographic sectors, has formed a partnership with Socomar International to integrate its industrial and commercial activities. The management of both firms is under the direction of president and CEO, J.L. Paul Dionne. Socomar International is a Canadian provider of turnkey management information and navigation systems for the marine geomatics and environment sectors


NOAA Seeks HSRP Panel Membership

NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is seeking applications for the HSRP 2010 Panel Membership Solicitation process. NOAA would greatly appreciate your distributing the attached Federal Register Notice to interested applicants. Closing date is June 30, 2010. The HSRP is a Federal Advisory Panel that provides recommendations to the NOAA Administrator on NOAA's hydrographic and navigation products and services


New Members of NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco recently appointed nine new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving ocean and coastal navigation products, information, data and services.   “Optimizing the benefits of navigation services and products is a priority for the agency,” said Margaret Spring, chief of staff for NOAA and the agency’s representative to the Committee on the Marine


Transas Adds Ukrainian Chart Folios to its TX-97 Collection

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Transas TX-97 non-official chart collection now includes Ukrainian chart folios.   The agreement was signed between Transas Marine Ltd and the State Hydrographic Service of Ukraine in May 2012 allowing Transas to use official ENC’s and Inland ENC’s to create TX-97 folios.  New charts will be available for the users of Transas ECDIS and ECS. The uniqueness of this project is that it is the first time when Inland ENC’s were used to produce TX-97 folios


VT Halter Marine to Build Swath Vessel for NOAA

Photo Credit: NOAANOAA announced that VT Halter Marine Inc. of Pascagoula, Miss., will complete the final design and build of a new Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull Coastal Mapping Vessel, or SWATH CMV, for the agency. NOAA exercised a $15m option for the ship with VT Halter Marine, which also completed the vessel's preliminary design under a separate option. The primary mission of the SWATH CMV will be to map the full seafloor in coastal areas for the nation's nautical charts


NOAA to Hold Public Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska

NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is holding a Public meeting, May 22-24, 2012, Anchorage, Alaska.   Navigation areas of focus for this public meeting include: NOAA's charting and hydrographic surveying products, services and information for the Alaska/Arctic region; and NOAA's geospatial, tide and currents products, services and information. Maritime transportation representatives presenting at the HSRP Anchorage meeting include: the Marine Exchange of Alaska


Northwest Passage Wrecks Hunt Launched

Franklins Lost Expedition Map:Image credit Wiki CCL

The Canadian government launches its largest search yet for the lost ships of Sir John Franklin's doomed 1845 quest for the Northwest Passage. This year's search, led by Parks Canada, is the fourth government-led expedition over the past five years, and is by far the biggest, involving a much larger alliance of federal departments and other public and private interests. A previous large-scale search for the Franklin ships was launched by National Defence in 1967 as part of Canada's


NOAA Seeks Hydrographic Panel Members

NOAA is seeking qualified candidates to apply for up to five voting member vacancies to serve on its Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) as of January 1, 2014.   The HSRP is a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA Administrator on current and emerging oceanographic and marine science technologies relating to operations, research and development; and dissemination of data pertaining to: a) hydrographic surveying; b) shoreline surveying; c) nautical charting; d)


SevenCs Conducts Capacity Building for Montenegro

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After signing a RENC membership agreement with the Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology Montenegro (IHMS) PRIMAR and the Norwegian Hydrographic Service team up with SevenCs for capacity building.   In November 2013, IHMS signed a RENC agreement with PRIMAR


Hold-harmless Clauses May Not Be So Harmless

Robert Hodge

ITIC has warned that the so-called ‘hold harmless’ clauses in many of the contracts entered into by its members may contain pitfalls which could prejudice their rights.   A mutual hold-harmless indemnity clause should provide that each party to the contract agrees to take


DNV Approves "Pay as You Sail" Charts Option

Photo: Nautisk

Global chart distributor Nautisk has confirmed DNV approval for its Neptune Pay As You Sail (PAYS) Solution. PAYS enables users to access global ENCs for use with onboard ECDIS systems, while only paying for those that are actually used. Peter J Pran, Nautisk Project Manager said


Kongsberg Maritime's Double Whammy 200th Anniversary

Plaque presentation: Photo Kongsberg

Kongsberg Geoacoustics informs it has delivered its 200th Geoswath Plus on Kongsberg Maritime’s 200th anniversary. Nick Burchill, Subsea Sales Manager for Kongsberg Maritime in Canada presented a plaque to Denis D'Amours, Director of the Canadian Hydrographic Service's Pacific Region


NOAA's 'Ferdinand R. Hassler' Begins Survey Project

Hassler arrives at homeport: Photo credit NOAA

NOAA’s newest survey ship, the 'Ferdinand R. Hassler', arrived at her new homeport of New Castle, New Hampshire, earlier this month, and has now begun her first New Hampshire survey project Hassler will operate mainly along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, Caribbean Sea and Great Lakes


Fugro Take Delivery of New Offshore Survey Vessel

A Fugro survey vessel: Photo courtesy of Fugro

Fugro's new offshore survey coastal vessel, 'R.V. Fugro Helmert', is the latest in Fugro's fleet renewal programme. Built to Fugro's specifications for a highly manoeuvrable, versatile survey vessel, Fugro Helmert is intended to enable the group to better respond to the survey needs of offshore


Fugro Gain Major Middle East Survey Contract

Fugro Echo Surveyor: Image courtesy of Fugro

Fugro has been awarded a major hydrographic survey project in the Middle East region which has an estimated value in excess of USD 80 million. The survey will commence in October 2013, utilising a combination of vessels and aircraft and is expected to take 14 months to complete.


NOAA Updates Cobscook Bay Area Chart

Northern Maine vessels will be able to navigate more safely around the dangerous Cobscook Bay thanks to an updated version of the area's nautical chart issued by NOAA. The latest chart includes a new detailed illustration-called a "chart inset"-of the waters around Falls Island


Korean Hydrographic Society Joins IFHS

The Hydrographic Society of Korea (HySK) has been elected a member of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS), joining other national organizations representing Australasia, Benelux, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South Africa and the U.K.


Jeppesen Revolutionizes ENC Licensing With New Solution

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Jeppesen has revolutionized the navigational chart industry by introducing FlatFee licensing for its official Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs). Jeppesen FlatFee lets mariners purchase some or all of nine worldwide zones at an affordable fixed price


Arctic Marine Survey Work: NOAA & Coastguard Join Hands

Installing survey monitors cutter Spar: Photo courtesy of NOAA

With 3.4 million square nautical miles of U.S. waters to survey and chart, Coast Survey is up against some big challenges in keeping nautical charts current, consequently NOAA joins hands with the US Coast Guard to provide the best possible safety service to shipping.


Navigation Safety: New Edition of Admiralty Digital Publications

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The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has launched its latest edition of ADMIRALTY Digital Publications (ADP), Version 14. Free as an upgrade to existing users and available as a 3 month free trial to new customers. UKHO inform that 75% of the world's fleet of vessels over 2


Unique System Wins Two-year NPCC Contract

Photo: Unique System FZE

Unique System FZE, a Unique Maritime Group company, an integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solutions provider, has been awarded a two-year service contract by The National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC). Established in April 1973


Australian Navy Surveys Antarctica

Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp Surveying Newcomb Bay. Photo: ABHSO Dyer, Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy’s Deployable Geospatial Survey Team returned from a six-week Antarctic expedition to collect essential data for navigational charts and scientific research. The team sailed from Hobart in RSV Aurora Australis on December 11


UKHO Wraps up Navigation Training Course

From left to right, back row: Nikolay Radoslavov Lyaskovski (Bulgaria); Mohamed Zabour (Algeria) and Yusuke Nagase (Japan). Front row: Dwight Nanan (Trinidad & Tobago); Sub Lt Uaychai Phothong (Thailand); Rahubadda Kankanamge Anura Ariyarathna (Sri Lanka) and John Dalomae (Solomon Islands).

For a fifth consecutive year, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has delivered a successful outcome from its internationally renowned and accredited marine cartography courses to a group of students drawn from seven nations. Students from the Hydrographic Organizations of Algeria


 
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