8 th Regional Seapower Symposium Venice - 19-22 October 2010 The Importance of hydrography to maritime activities. Vice Admiral Alexandros Maratos President

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<ul><li>Slide 1</li></ul> <p>8 th Regional Seapower Symposium Venice - 19-22 October 2010 The Importance of hydrography to maritime activities. Vice Admiral Alexandros Maratos President International Hydrographic Bureau International Hydrographic Organization Slide 2 The UN General Assembly has recognised with a special resolution the importance of hydrography to be celebrated as World Hydrography Day every year on the 21 June in order to raise world-wide awareness of its importance to all sectors of our life. Slide 3 Slide 4 What Is Hydrography ? ? Slide 5 Data, information, products, survey vessels, equipment, techniques, standards and trained personnel are all needed and combined to define hydrography. Slide 6 Why hydrography? Slide 7 without hydrography - - no ship sails Slide 8 without hydrography - - There is no Safety of navigation Safety of navigation Slide 9 without hydrography - - no port is built Slide 10 without hydrography - - no offshore infrastructure is developed Slide 11 without hydrography - - no environmental plan is implemented Slide 12 without hydrography - - There is no protection of the marine environment Slide 13 without hydrography - - no rescue is attempted Slide 14 without hydrography - - no maritime boundary is delimited Slide 15 without hydrography - - no shore is defended, no island protected Slide 16 without hydrography - - maritime defence is incomplete is incomplete Slide 17 Who is responsible for hydrography and hydrographic services? Slide 18 Chapter V of regulation 9 of SOLAS defines the obligations of Contracting Governments to provide hydrographic services for the safety of navigation and other maritime activities for the waters under their national jurisdiction. Slide 19 SOLAS V/9 ( provision of hydrographic services and navigational warnings ) are International Obligations under Treaty Law applies to ALL Contracting Governments Slide 20 The IHO is the intergovernmental consultative and technical organization established in 1921 to coordinate the activities of its Member States Hydrographic Offices in order to better support national, regional and global hydrographic requirements. Slide 21 Conclusions Safety of navigation Safety of navigation Protection of marine environment Protection of marine environment National infrastructure development National infrastructure development Coastal zone management Coastal zone management Marine exploration Marine exploration Resource exploitation minerals, fishing Resource exploitation minerals, fishing Maritime boundary delimitation (UNCLOS, others) Maritime boundary delimitation (UNCLOS, others) Maritime defence and security Maritime defence and security Disaster management Disaster management Slide 22 To the question What is needed to support maritime needs and requirements? HYDROGRAPHY - What else! Slide 23 International Hydrographic Organization International Hydrographic Bureau 4, Quai Antoine 1 er B.P. 445 MC 98011 MONACO CEDEX Principaut de Monaco Telephone: +377 93 10 81 00 Fax: +377 93 10 81 40 e-mail: info@ihb.mc WEB Site: http://www.iho.int </p>