Deputy Harbour Master, Jeremy Clarke, and Emergency Planning & Sea Rescue Manager, Simon Wade, recently returned to St Helena having attended the Hydrographic Seminar 2019 and also visited the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) in the UK.

The Hydrographic Seminar ran for five days from 4-8 February 2019. Some of the key areas covered were:

  • Hydrographic Governance
  • National Hydrographic Obligations
  • Risks in the Marine Environment
  • Regulations required to meet International Obligations
  • Hydrographic Survey Standards
  • Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure

Following the seminar, both Jeremy and Simon spent three days with the MCA, where a number of meetings were held regarding St Helena’s International Maritime Obligations.

Jeremy and Simon also had the opportunity to visit the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) which is operated by HM Coast Guard, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).

Simon said:

“The visit with both the Hydrographic team and the MCA exceeded my expectations. I gained a vast amount of knowledge and made contacts with key people in these organisations. It was also great to be able to have discussions with the other Overseas Territories officers on maritime issues and gaps that they are experiencing.”

Jeremy and Simon’s visit was funded by the UK Hydrographic Office and MCA as part of the Conflict, Stability & Security Fund’s Overseas Territories Seabed Mapping Programme.

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22 February 2019

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