New Delhi, India “New technology is changing the way hydrography is practised and is constantly providing hydrographers new tools and better ways to operate,” said Admiral Nirmal Verma, Chief of the Naval Staff. Speaking about the technology, he said, “The availability of GPS, multi-beam sonars and air-borne lasers has enhanced the accuracy and the rate of surveillance. The widespread use of the GPS, the advent of electronic chart and display and information system and the electronic navigation charts and the introduction of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) has led to the need for datum tranfers and republication of charts of the globally accepted WGF84 datum.” Admiral Verma was speaking at the inauguration of the 11th North Indian Ocean Hydrographic Commission (NIOHC) meet which began in New Delhi, India, today.
The two-day meet will have members and associate members of NIOHC debate over issues and problems that they are facing in discharging their duties.
NIOHC has nine members namely Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Kingdom and Mauritius. The Commission also has five associate members (France, Oman, Pakistan, Seychelles and USA) and one Observer, Malaysia. However, some of the countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan were unable the come for the meet.
Talking about the growing importance of hydrographers in today’s world, Admiral Verma said that the growing importance of marine transportation for trade and economy has led to an increase in demand for data accuracy. He praised hydrographers for living up to the growing expectations of the world.
Among those who were present at the event were Vice Admiral Alexandros Maratos, President, International Hydrographic Organization, Rear-Admiral Nick Lambert, UK National Hydrographer, Vice Admiral B.R. Rao, Chief Hydrographer to the Government of India.
Talking about the growing importance of regional hydrographic commissions, Vice Admiral Maratos stressed on coordination among various agencies in supporting efforts against piracy, and during disasters to make navigation safer.
Meanwhile, Rear Admiral Lambert, while talking about space technology, said, “Complexity of the system shouldn’t be underestimated.” He also spoke about the various difficulties that sailors face on sea like accessing internet.
Source: Our Correspondent