- Hydrographic Service
- About Hydrographic Service
The Hydrographer is in charge of the Hydrographic Service. Nautical products such as charts, books and software are published under his supervision and responsibility.
The General Adviser supports the Hydrographer in policy issues concerning national and international guidelines for nautical data management and publishing (European Union (EU), International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)). He prepares IHO conferences and revises bilateral agreements with partners, particularly foreign Hydrographic Offices. Lastly, he coordinates military geographic issues, including NATO Standardisation Agreements (STANAGs).
The production department is responsible for the complete production process of Nautical Charts and Publications, as well as keeping these up-to-date. The department is divided into 3 divisions, for obtaining data, processing data and publishing data. The department is also responsible for issuing Notices to Mariners (NtMs).
The department is responsible for plans and policy in the field of Hydrography, Meteorology and Oceanography; including personnel and equipment requirements, standards of competence and cooperation with military and civilian partners.
The department consists of the Automation section and the Geo-Information section and is responsible for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) assets and spatial geographic aspects within the Hydrographic Office.
This department has the expertise on global positioning, tidal movements, geodetic computations and the technical aspects of Law of the Sea. Knowledge is exchanged and updated by participation in different national committees, conference visits and the publication of articles. Lectures are given at the Eguermin Naval Mine Warfare School in Ostend (Belgium) and at the Delft University of Technology.
Another of the department’s supporting tasks is to serve as a consultative voice as experts in positional matters to other Ministries and the International Justice Court in The Hague on maritime boundary issues.
The department is responsible for the business and financial processes within the Hydrographic Office. Annual financial reports and budget management are a major task as well as to monitor third-party contracts and contacts. Product Sales and Public Relations are accommodated in a corresponding subdivision of the department.