Coast Survey attends first meeting of IHO’s Nautical Information Provisions Working Group   Leave a comment

Coast Survey attended the first meeting of the Nautical Information Provisions Working Group (NIPWG) held at the International Hydrographic Organization in Monaco.

During the meeting, Coast Survey’s Tom Loeper, chief of Navigation Services Division’s Coast Pilot branch and Great Lakes navigation manager, was reappointed as the secretary for the working group, a position he has held for 2 years. Two other working group members from the United States also attended the meeting, Briana Sullivan from the University of New Hampshire, and Mike Kushla from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

While in Monaco, the NIPWG had the opportunity to visit the training ship Kojima of Japan Coast Guard moored at Port Hercule in Monaco Harbor. While onboard the Kojima, Robert Ward, President of the IHO, spoke about the importance of hydrography worldwide and of the long relationship between the IHO and the Grimaldi family of Monaco, dating back nearly 100 years. Representing the Grimaldi family at the event was His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco. To conclude the ceremony, crew members of the Kojima demonstrated a mock sword fight and the traditional method of making rice cakes.

NIPWG meets regularly to develop and maintain guidance, standards, and other supplemental information for charts, much like U.S. Coast Pilot.  This information is typically presented as an overlay for electronic navigational charts and are often used for voyage planning by the mariner.

Formerly the Standardization of Nautical Publications Working Group, NIPWG was established by the Hydrographic Services and Standards Committee as part of a restructuring effort to change its focus from paper-based to digital products and services.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco and Captain Tetsushi Mitsuya, commanding officer of the training ship Kojima of Japan Coast Guard, stand alongside Robert Ward, President of the IHO, during his remarks on board the Kojima

His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco and Captain Tetsushi Mitsuya, commanding officer of the training ship Kojima of Japan Coast Guard, stand alongside Robert Ward, President of the IHO, during his remarks onboard the Kojima.

Crew members of the training ship Kojima of Japan Coast Guard demonstrate a traditional method of making rice cakes during the event on board the Kojima

Crew members of the training ship Kojima of Japan Coast Guard demonstrate a traditional method of making rice cakes.

Coast Survey’s Tom Loeper and Captain Tetsushi Mitsuya, commanding officer of the training ship Kojima of Japan Coast Guard, attend the IHO event onboard the Kojima.

Coast Survey’s Tom Loeper and Captain Tetsushi Mitsuya, commanding officer of the training ship Kojima of Japan Coast Guard, attend the IHO event onboard the Kojima.

Posted July 8, 2015 by NOAA Office of Coast Survey in Nautical charts

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