Antigua, Barbuda learn hydrographic surveying

Antigua, Barbuda learn hydrographic surveying

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UK: The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO, Monaco) Capacity Building Sub Committee (CBSC) and the Meso American and Caribbean Sea Hydrographic Commission (MACHC) organised an Introduction to Hydrographic Surveying and Nautical Cartography training course in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. The purpose of the Project was to establish hydrographic capacity in the region so that maritime authorities can begin providing necessary products and services to comply with basic requirements for safety of navigation in the area.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Organization (UKHO) developed the basic course curriculum, with industry participants CARIS, Kongsberg Maritime and Fugro contributing to the successful implementation of the training.  The course provided a double benefit to the region. In addition to the classroom sessions in hydrography and data processing, the at-sea training was an actual data collection operation. This resulted in data being acquired in St John’s harbour to allow charts of the area to be produced.
The organisations allowed hardware, software, training needs, and expertise to be brought together. Kongsberg provided an EM 3002 MBES suite and engineering support, Fugro and CARIS provided hydrographic expertise and data processing support, the UKHO provided classroom instruction, and Antigua and Barbuda provided the survey launch. Source: Hydro International