Curtains drop on safety navigation workshop

Izah Azahari

The Risk Assessment for Hydrographic Surveys and Charting Management for the Safety Navigation Workshop came to a close with a ceremony at The Rizqun International Hotel, Gadong recently.

The five-day workshop was co-organised by the Survey Department and Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD).

MPABD Chief Executive and guest of honour Haji Mohd Salihin bin Haji Aspar presented certificates to participants and instructors.

Acting Surveyor General at the Survey Department Haji Arefin bin Haji Jaya also presented tokens of appreciation to the instructors.

The workshop is one of the capacity building programmes under the East Asia Hydrographic Commission (EAHC), a commission in the East Asian region under the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO). It focussed on the Safety of Navigation using risk assessment in managing hydrographic survey planning for updating of nautical chart.

The use of QGIS application guided the participants in identifying and classifying areas of risks to maritime traffic as well as identify and prioritising charting improvements.

The workshop is also an initiative to encourage EAHC member states to conduct risk assessment in their daily practice of hydrographic and navigation activities.

Eighteen participants comprising 12 representatives from the EAHC member states – including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea and the People’s Republic of China – as well as six officers from the Survey Department, MPABD and Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) participated in the workshop, which was conducted by two professionals from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Survey Department and MPABD officers also attended the closing ceremony.

ABOVE & BELOW: MPABD Chief Executive Haji Mohd Salihin bin Haji Aspar presents a certificate to a participant; and Risk Assessment for Hydrographic Surveys and Charting Management for the Safety Navigation Workshop instructors and participants in a group photo. PHOTOS: IZAH AZAHARI