August 3, 2021

100 years of cooperation and innovation in hydrographic science

This Monday, June 21, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), founded in Monaco on the initiative of Prince Albert 1st, celebrated the centenary of its creation.

On this World Hydrography Day, the 94 member states were able to meet physically at the Monegasque headquarters of the IHO or virtually, thanks to a broadcast of the speeches of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, of Dr. Mathias Jonas, Secretary General of the IHO, of Engineer General Laurent Kerléguer, Director General of the French Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (Shom), and of HE Mr. Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy
for the ocean.

These celebrations gave the IHO the opportunity to look back on the great discoveries that have improved knowledge of the oceans, sea routes and exchanges between nations over the past century before looking to the future with new perspectives. opened by autonomous machines and big data processing thanks to Artificial Intelligence. Thus, a commemorative plaque in memory of Prince Albert I was unveiled and demonstrations of autonomous vehicles and drones such as the Drix surface vehicle from iXblue or the A18D submarine from the ECA group punctuated the ceremony. The Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian naval training ship that hosted the officials present for the lunch, made the link between past and future since it is one of the oldest three masts in the world and has been appointed Ambassador of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

At 2:00 p.m., a webinar bringing together representatives of the IHO, partner organizations and industry addressed the themes of ocean protection and the place of women in this sector.

Find the list of participants via: https://iho.int/fr/les-100-ans-de-l-ohi.

Photo : © Communication Department Stephane Danna