Publish date : Jun 21, 2021
Chattogram, 21 June 2021: Bangladesh celebrated ‘World Hydrography Day’ on 21 June 2021 with an aim to increase public awareness on the importance of hydrography in our lives. This year the theme of the day is ‘One Hundred Years of International Cooperation in Hydrography’. To commemorate the World Hydrography Day, Bangladesh Navy Chief Hydrographer arranged a Video Teleconference (VTC), where a large number of national hydrographers and high officials from various ministries, hydrographic and maritime organizations, offices, ports, universities, maritime research and training institutes took part.
Chattogram area commander, Rear Admiral M Mozammel Haque graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The hydrographers and other personnel participated in the VTC, discussed on the hydrographic related issues. They also discussed how international, regional and sub-regional cooperation of hydrographic surveying and nautical charting have led up-to-date charts and ENCs. The participants also focused their awareness on importance and contribution of BN Hydrographic Services and capacity building to contribute in national and international level hydrographic activities. Besides, hydrographic services Bangladesh will play substantial role in promulgating the ‘Delta Plan- 2100’ of Bangladesh Government.
Bangladesh is the 70 th member of International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). Bangladesh Navy acts as the focal point of all hydrographic matters in the sea area of Bangladesh. The National Hydrographic Committee (NHC) of Bangladesh is chaired by Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations). The committee relentlessly works to promote the use of hydrography, enhance national hydrographic capacity and also to strengthen cooperation among the scientific and research communities both at home and abroad. Bangladesh Navy has already developed its capability to produce international standard nautical charts with strict adherence to IHO standards. With high standard of professionalism, Bangladesh Navy is already proficient in publishing total 63 navigational charts of our sea area including 9 International Series (INT) paper charts and 11 Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC) which are accepted by the national and international marine communities and distributed worldwide for ensuring safe navigation.