Every year in June, the IHO celebrates World Hydrography Day. The aim of the day is to recognise the achievements of the hydrographic community and to raise awareness and understanding of hydrography, which is essential for safe navigation and the protection of the marine environment. First celebrated on June 29 2005, the UN adopted a resolution to celebrate it annually to coincide with the date the IHO was established in 1921.
The UKHO marks the occasion by presenting the Alexander Dalrymple Award, in honour of the first serving hydrographer in the British Admiralty. The award is a symbol of recognition for outstanding dedication and contribution to world hydrography. In 2009 it was awarded to Captain Abri Kampfer, Hydrographer of South Africa, a highly respected figure in the IHO who has worked tirelessly to represent his region and develop its hydrographic and cartographic expertise and capabilities.
The work conducted by hydrographers like Captain Kampfer plays a vital role in the development of maritime trade. The continual improvement in hydrography and the provision of accurate nautical charts for the world’s oceans and ports ensures mariners can safely support the needs of global economic activity. In recognition of its importance, the IHO has chosen to make this year’s theme for World Hydrography Day “Hydrographic Services – The Essential Element for Maritime Trade”.
This year’s Alexander Dalrymple Award will be presented on June 30 at the UKHO’s second international navigation event in Singapore, part of a series of conferences and seminars exploring the strategic and operational issues raised by the fundamental shift in maritime navigation from paper charts to digital technology. The UKHO is committed to helping mariners make best use of the hydrographic data IHO members provide to travel more efficiently, more quickly, and with less impact on the environment. The events provide mariners and shore side teams with timely information and practical guidance to help them achieve those benefits.
For more information on the Singapore event, please click here.