Like elsewhere in the world ‘Word Hydrography Day’ was observed in Bangladesh on Tuesday aiming to highlight the importance of hydrography and raise public awareness about the vital role that hydrography plays in everyone’s life
This year the theme of the day is “Bathymetry-the foundation for sustainable seas, oceans and waterways”.Marking the day Bangladesh Navy arranged a seminar to commemorate the day in Chattogram.
Speakers said, “The basic premise of hydrography is to provide essential information to mariners about the safe waterways through nautical charts and publications. Knowledge on the shape and the depth of the seabed has a significant impact on how sea level rise, storm and tsunamis affect the coastline.”
Apart from that hydrography plays a vital role in pursuing the activities like oil-gas exploration, dredging activities, offshore construction, cables and pipelines laying, telecommunications, weather & climate science, environmental monitoring, aquaculture, mineral resources, energy, biomedicine, ocean science and observation.
With the increased usage of sea, the importance of hydrographic services will grow further in coming days.
Underscoring importance of hydrography, they said, among 17 goals number 14 is to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Requirement of hydrography is paramount to materialize this goal.
Pointing out Bangladesh’s success, they said, “The country is earning royalties from the sale proceed of these charts. We have also attained the capability of producing Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) and already signed ‘Statement of Intent to Join’ with International Centre for ENCs (IC-ENC) which is one of the Regional coordinator of ENC.BN has developed the capability to produce International Standard Nautical Charts. “Our charts are being used for ocean navigation by the mariners worldwide.
BN has a memorandum of understanding with United Kingdom Hydrographic Office to print BN charts and market them to the mariners worldwide.”
Rear Admiral Mohammad Makbul Hossain, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) and Chairman of National Hydrographic Committee was the chief guest at the seminar.
Representatives from different ministries and maritime stakeholders and members of the National Hydrographic Committee along with senior naval officers were present at the seminar.