Workshop focusses on navigation safety

The Survey Department, Ministry of Development with Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD) co-organised ‘The Risk Assessment for Hydrographic Surveys and Charting Management for the Safety Navigation Workshop’ at The Rizqun International Hotel from yesterday until December 13.

Acting Surveyor General Haji Arefin bin Haji Jaya officiated as the guest of honour.

Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD) Haji Mohd Salihin bin Haji Aspar was also present.

The workshop is one of the capacity building programme under the East Asia Hydrographic Commission (EAHC), a commission in East Asian region under the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO).

Brunei Darussalam is the 85th member of IHO since 2015 and one of the member states of EAHC since 2016.

Participants in a group photo

It has been actively participating in the organisation, especially in capacity building programmes, supporting the initiatives to increase and widen the hydrographic and marine cartography professions.

The workshop’s main objectives are to emphasise and strengthen good knowledge and awareness on the Safety of Navigation.

A total of 18 participants comprising 12 representatives from the EAHC member states (eight are IHO-funded) – Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea and People’s Republic of China and six officers from Survey Department, MPABD and Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) participated.

The workshop is conducted by professionals from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, who are actively joining the IHO’s activities.

The opening ceremony also included the launching of the new version of Tidal Handbook 2020. This handbook was co-published by the Survey Department, MPABD and BSP.