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Flemish Government - Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services - Coastal Division - Flemish Hydrography

LMO Description
Flemish Government - Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services - Coastal Division - Flemish Hydrography
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Flemish government (Belgium)
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>Ensuring safe and smooth shipping traffic at sea from and to the coastal ports and the River Scheldt is a core task of the Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services.<br /> The MCS-Coastal Division supports the safety of shipping through its Flemish Hydrography.<br /> In relation of the INSPIRE issues the Flemish Hydrography is reponsible for the coordination and management of bathymetric, nautical and hydrometeorological information.</p>
    Main Activities: 
    Survey at sea and the river Scheldt; dedect wrecks and store in database; map the sea and the river Scheldt; provide sailing information to anyone in shipping; produce publications for the shipping industry; collect hydrometeorological data; manage and maintain the Flemish Banks Monitoring Network System; coordinate the Oceanographic Meteorological Station; report coastal weather (
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Belgian Continental Shelf and River Scheldt
    Societal Sector: 
    Regional government
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    The Flemish Hydrography currently manages several systems to stock, manage and exploit collected hydrographic data ( soundings, nautical data,...) The Flemish Hydrography has chosen the CARIS software, wellknown amongst National Hydrographic Offices world-wide, to set up a Geospatial Infrastructure. The Bathy Database (BDB) and the Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) projects aim at procuring an interoperable DBMS capable of providing better access to optimised georeferenced databases and improved information processing. The responsibility of the Flemish Hydrography is to conform to international normalization standards (International Hydrographic Organisation IHO and INSPIRE).
    Primary Business: 
    Hydrography and meteorology
    Environmental application domains: 
    Surveying/mapping Belgian Continental Shelf and River Scheldt, monitoring coastal weather, describing all maritime means of access.