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World Hydrography Day 2024 Celebrates on June 21st

Every year on June 21st, the world celebrates World Hydrography Day. This important day, organized by the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO), aims to raise awareness about hydrography and its crucial role in understanding our seas and oceans.

Theme for 2024

The theme for World Hydrography Day 2024 is:

Hydrographic Information – Enhancing Safety, Efficiency and Sustainability in Marine Activities

This theme reflects the ongoing changes in navigation, including e-navigation, autonomous shipping, and efforts to reduce emissions.

India’s Contribution to Hydrography

Indian Naval Hydrographic Department (INHD)

The INHD, operating under the Indian Navy, serves as the main agency for:

  • Conducting hydrographic surveys
  • Publishing nautical charts

Key Achievements:

  • Published over 650 electronic and paper navigation charts
  • Distributed 6.5 Lakh Electronic Navigational charts last year
  • Earned revenue of nearly 8000 Lakh rupees

NAVAREA VIII Coordinator

The INHD, as NAVAREA VIII coordinator, covers 26 Million sq. km of the Indian Ocean. It shares vital navigation safety information through the “India WINS” web portal, which has:

  • Crossed 3.5 million views since December 2022
  • An average of 3500 visitors per day

Training and International Cooperation

National Institute of Hydrography (NIH)

Located in Goa, NIH is India’s center for hydrography training. It has:

  • Trained over 800 trainees from 41 countries
  • Accreditation from IHO for Cat A and Cat B certificates

International Collaboration

In line with India’s SAGAR initiative, the Indian Navy has:

  • Conducted joint surveys covering 89000 sq. km in the last five years
  • Produced 96 charts with friendly foreign nations
  • Assisted in capacity building and knowledge sharing

World Hydrography Day 2024 Events

To mark this important day, several events were organized:

  1. A maritime workshop on the 2024 theme at the National Hydrographic Office on June 20, 2024
  2. The annual Hydrographic Survey Committee meeting on June 21, 2024

These events brought together experts and representatives from over 25 Indian ports and offices to discuss the future of hydrography and its impact on marine activities.

World Hydrography Day 2024 serves as a reminder of the critical role hydrography plays in maritime safety, efficiency, and sustainability. As technology advances and environmental concerns grow, the importance of accurate hydrographic information becomes increasingly vital for the future of our oceans and seas.

Important Takeaways for all Competitive Exams

  • The International Hydrographic Organization Founded: 21 June 1921;
  • The International Hydrographic Organization Secretary-General: Mathias Jonas;
  • The International Hydrographic Organization HQ: Monaco.

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