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Credit: Australian Hydrographic Office (Source: Teledyne Geospatial)

Teledyne Geospatial Automates Nautical Paper Chart Production

, and the integration of various data sources. Recognizing the need for a modern, technology-driven approach, CARIS AutoChart is a comprehensive software solution tailored specifically to the needs of nautical chart producers.CARIS AutoChart was formally released as part of the Australian Hydrographic Office’s (AHO) event for World Hydrography Day on June 21, 2024. The AHO has been an early adopter of CARIS AutoChart providing valuable feedback.Key features of the new software solution include:• Automatically generate charts in PDF/TIF from ENC data: Seamlessly import data from ENC

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) appointed Vanessa Blake to the position of interim Chief Executive and Accounting Officer. Image courtesy UKHO

UKHO Appoints Blake Interim Chief Executive

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) appointed Vanessa Blake to the position of interim Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.Blake is the current Chief Customer Officer at the UKHO and will take up the role of Chief Executive on an interim basis, while a permanent replacement is sought. She will succeed Peter Sparkes, who leaves in May 2024, to become the Chief Executive of the RNLI, after nearly four years in the role.Blake joined the UKHO in July 2023 as Chief Customer Officer, during which time she developed and implemented the customer strategy that sits at the heart of the UKHO’s new corporate

Illustration (Credit: Kraken Robotics)

Kraken Robotics Reels In $2.4M Sonar and Subsea Power Contracts

Canadian company Kraken Robotics has secured contracts totaling $2.4 million for subsea batteries and synthetic aperture sonar systems (SAS).The SAS sensor contracts are for a Research Institute and a Hydrographic Office of an unnamed Navy.No details can be provided on the subsea power customer due to confidentiality, Kraken Robotics informed.Deliveries of the systems will take place in 2024.

The image shows a bathymetry map by the Danish Depth Model (DDM). For better data on Denmark’s shallow waters and advancing the DDM, the Danish Geodata Agency and EOMAP will integrate satellite-derived bathymetry (SDB). Image courtesy EOMAP

Danish Geodata Agency, EOMAP to Chart the Shallow Waters of Denmark.

partnership, and to integrate the SDB data into the Danish Depth Model (DDM).Using cutting-edge satellite technology, the cooperation will provide better mapping of shallow water areas lacking bathymetric coverage. This will also help improve the coverage of the DDM developed by the Danish Hydrographic Office, a part of the Danish Geodata Agency.“Finding new ways to map shallow waters, where we only have very old data, and increasing the utilization of depth data for marine stakeholders and society is central in the goals of the Danish Hydrographic Office. Satellite technology shows great

IC-ENC Chairman Marc van der Donck (right) receiving the 2022 Alexander Dalrymple Award from Rear Admiral Rhett Hatcher, UK National Hydrographer. Image courtesy UKHO

Marc van der Donck Receives 2022 Alexander Dalrymple Award

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) presented Marc van der Donck, Retired Captain in the Netherlands Navy and Chairman of the International Center for Electronic Navigational Charts (IC-ENC), the 2022 Alexander Dalrymple Award for services to international hydrography.Captain Marc received the award on World Hydrography Day in a ceremony led by UK National Hydrographer Rear Admiral Rhett Hatcher at the UKHO’s office in Taunton, England. The 2022 presentation took place this year due to delays in awarding previous winners caused by Covid-19.The 2022 award recognizes Capt Marc’s positive

A chart of South Georgia. Credit: UK Hydrographic Office. © Crown copyright 2021 UK Hydrographic Office

UKHO Provides Bathymetric Surveys for Seabed 2030

Marking the first time the UKHO supplies data directly to GEBCO, this initiative aims to advance the understanding of ocean bathymetry and support the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable DevelopmentThe UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has started supplying bathymetric survey data for non-UK waters to the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO), after signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The Nippon Founda-tion-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project (Seabed 2030) earlier this year.The MOU was signed with the goal of advancing the industry’s understanding of ocean bathymetry and supporting

This project is one of three workstreams geared to helping the island meet its international maritime obligations and assist in understanding the marine environment. © Crown copyright 2021 UK Hydrographic Office

UKHO supports Montserrat with Seabed Mapping Data Survey

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has conducted a seabed mapping data survey in Montserrat to improve the safety of navigation around the island and to help with understanding, managing, and protecting its marine life.For this project, funded by the UK’s Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF), the UKHO worked alongside the Montserrat Hydrographic Survey Team to collect data from the waters around the island. The UKHO data survey team returned to the UK in early September after spending four weeks gathering information from Montserrat’s nearby waters. The team will now validate

Image copyright Stuart Conway/Courtesy UKHO

Inside the new UK Center for Seabed Mapping

David Parker, the Head of Hydrographic Programs at the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) discusses the rationale behind the new UK Center for Seabed Mapping, with insight on seabed mapping and its connection to the Blue Economy.There are few more prestigious names in the world of hydrography than the UKHO, the world’s largest center for hydrography. UKHO support a staff of 900 in Taunton, UK, with a small contingent in satellite offices in Singapore and Washington, DC. Its ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solution product portfolio includes a series of around 18,000 electronic navigational charts which

Marion Leslie (Photo: UKHO)

UKHO Appoints Marion Leslie as Non-Executive Chair

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) confirmed the appointment of Marion Leslie as Non-Executive Chair. Leslie will chair the UKHO Board in this independent position after a year as interim Non-Executive Chair and six years as a Non-Executive Director at the UKHO.The Board supports, challenges and validates the UKHO business strategy and oversees the organization's performance. Leslie leads the Board as Chair, acting in the interests of the Ministry of Defense and key stakeholders, and supports and provides guidance to Peter Sparkes, UKHO’s Chief Executive.UKHO exists to support safe, secure

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