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Peruse through Steve Snow's (our industry specialist for Mapping, Statistics and Imagery) ArcGIS Blog on how Denmark is modernizing navigational charting workflows to update charts of Greenland's changing waters.
The Danish Geodata Agency recently made the move to the Esri ArcGIS for Maritime platform to create an end-to-end workflow to streamline chart production.

The Esri User Conference has many presentations and events with hundreds of topics covered. To help you find your way to the Maritime sessions and events, we have prepared a more focused agenda.


Do not miss out on these two exciting symposiums too!


Imagery Summit @ Esri UC 

July 9, 2019 Marriott Marquis Hotel

Remote sensing is bringing about a new understanding of our world. The Imagery Summit @ UC is dedicated to enabling this understanding within the framework of a modern GIS. The speed at which changes can be identified and authoritative 3D content can be created is being driven by an explosion of new sensors all tied to the internet of things. Discover how the ArcGIS Imagery Platform helps you harness this tsunami of geospatial information to drive success with your GIS.

Learn more at

Science Symposium @ Esri UC
Tuesday, July 9th 2019

4:00-5:30 (program),

5:30-6:30 (networking reception)
SDCC, Ballroom 20D

The Science Symposium is a special event to crystalize and strengthen the community of scientists, including those in the ocean/maritime, climate, weather sciences, attending the UC. Explore issues of climate change, sustainability, and visualization of land, sea, and sky, as well as related growth in geospatial technology. Compelling keynote address by leading scientists followed by Q&A, discussion, and reception with open bar. Free copies of the new GIS for Science book from Esri Press to all attendees.

Learn more at 

The 11th meeting of the Hydrographic Services and Standards Committee (HSSC) was held from May 6th through 9th 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa and was hosted by the South African Navy Hydrographic Office.



ArcGIS for Maritime's Rafael Ponce writes more about this conference, on LinkedIn.

Since 2010, Esri and NOAA, under the auspices of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the S-100 WG (formerly TSMAD – Transfer Standard Maintenance and Application Development Working Group), have jointly funded the development of the S-57 to S-101 Converter. The converter is a critical component of the S-100 Test Bed project and its roadmap for the operational release of S-101.


Read more about viewing and editing datasets, including the creation of new S-101 features and attributes not in S-57 and exporting them back to S-101 here

For more information, email


A Workshop on Bathymetric Data Processing was held at the German Hydrographic Office (BSH) in Hamburg from April 9th trough 11th 2019.

It was attended by 11 national hydrographic offices from the Baltic and North Sea regions, one regional center for ENCs (RENC), the Chair of the IHO ENC Working Group, and 4 industries.

The purpose was to discuss the increasing requirement to produce and provide high density bathymetry for nautical charts and other purposes, identify common issues and propose common solutions. During these two and a half days, Esri’s Maritime experts supported by Esri Germany presented the latest automated workflows for contouring and sounding selection in ArcGIS Pro, moderated and discussed common pain points with participants and came up with some conclusions at the end that will be reported to the International Hydrographic Organization as recommendations for all member states consideration.

Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, announced on April 5th 2019, that it has contracted with the Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration (LTSA), Hydrography Division. LTSA will partner with Esri; local distributor Hnit-Baltic; and Quality Positioning Services (QPS), a Saab subsidiary, to implement a new seabed database and nautical cartography system.


ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting, Esri’s marine products solution, is used by companies and government agencies around the world to create and manage maritime information for navigation products and a wide variety of GIS purposes, including coastal planning, seabed analysis, and data sharing.


Read more about this exciting new venture!

LinkedIn post by ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting product owner Craig Greene.


The US Hydro was a four day event, from March 18th through 21st 2019.

Organized every two years, alternating with Canadian Hydro by the Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA), it was in Biloxi, Mississippi this year.

It brought together people, government organizations, academia and industry connected with the hydrographic domain. The purpose was to share professional knowledge and the latest technology developments applied to hydrographic sciences.

THSOA also had its general meeting during the conference, bringing representatives of all the national chapters, and Latin America, that ArcGIS for Maritime's Rafael Ponce chairs, to present an annual report and discuss common issues, membership and work plans.

Esri had a booth and a half a day workshop on Monday, which was hosted by our ArcGIS for Maritime subject matter experts: Randall Billy, Caitlyn Raines, Lee Brinton, Guy Noll and Rafael Ponce. The special guest attending was Clark Lawlor from Esri Canada.

During the week, there were meetings with leaders and representatives from some national HOs such as NOAA, NGA, USACE, Canadian Hydrographic Service, as well as academia such as University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and University of New Hampshire (UNH), to discuss their different needs and implementation of the ArcGIS platform in their organizations.

Hydrography students were also some of the interested visitors!

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Marine Spatial Data Infrastructures (MSDI) working group met for a series of meetings and symposiums in Busan, South Korea from March 4th and 5th 2019.

It was the 10th MSDI WG meeting, with an excellent hosting by the Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Agency (KHOA), attended by a group of 35 subject matter experts, from all over the world.

The working group is a part of the IHO that discusses the use of hydrographic data beyond navigational charts. Its objective is to identify the Hydrographic Community inputs to the National Spatial Data Infrastructures (NSDI).

The detailed summary and minutes of meetings can be accessed here.


Following the MSDI WG sessions, the OGC Marine Domain working group met on March 6th to discuss standards around MSDI, such as S-102 for Bathymetry and S-121 for Maritime Limits and Boundaries.


From March 7th - 9th the UN GGIM Working Group on Marine Geospatial Information gathered to discuss MSDI towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


These were a successful series of meetings with ArcGIS for Maritime being present in support of their objectives, represented by our very own Rafael Ponce!

Did you know that the US Department of Commerce has a Federal Advisory Committee dedicated to review of hydrographic services since 2003?

The latest meeting of the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) was conducted on March 5-7, 2019 in Washington, DC at the Hall of Nations building, and the public was invited!


The content of these meetings varied, and when in DC, typically involved policy discussions the helped direct the investment of the US federal government to improve marine transportation infrastructure. Such improvements involve dredging, coastal planning, survey and mapping, and vessel safety.

The public got a chance to comment on these issues each day of the meetings!  

NOAA Coast Survey's Marine Chart Division goes from ENC-first to ENC-only, transforming a once staunchly paper driven organization, into a world leader in web-based Maritime Data and Mapping Services.


UK Shipping Forecast Areas are now available on Living Atlas.


The UK shipping forecast has been in service since 1867, originally created to warn of storms it is now a comprehensive forecast published daily by the MET Office in conjunction with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. You can  hear it on BBC Radio 4 daily.




The UK shipping forecast boundaries and areas are published as fully accessible data which you can download and use offline or in your own web mapping. The boundaries and areas have been derived from the MET Office publication fact sheet 8, which designates the coordinate of each forecast area.


The web map has incorporated other layers available on Living Atlas including GOES weather satellite imagery, enabling visualisation of the weather for forecast areas, as well as location information of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) fleet in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.



Shipping Forecast with GOES weather imagery and RNLI Lifeboat Stations

Calculating the extent and coverage for your Bathymetry data just got easier! 



Let Keith VanGraafeiland take you on an informative journey of a geoprocessing tool that reclassifies Bathymetry data and then generates a polygon footprint for the areas where data exists.

Try it out! 


Questions or comments? are always here.

Esri and the ArcGIS for Maritime team are delighted to announce the signing of a contract with Geodatastyrelsen (GST) to implement and support a new Chart Production System for the entire organization!



You can further read about this in the press release on LinkedIn.

Do reach out to for any comments.


Co-hosted by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Geoscience Australia, the 2018 General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) guiding committee meeting was held in Canberra, Australia.

Esri was in presence for this five day event, that included various symposiums by GEBCO. 


Hand in hand with this meeting, the Technical Sub-Committee on Ocean Mapping (TSCOM) also conducted its scrum.

ArcGIS for Maritime team is very proud to announce the election and confirmation of Ms. Caitlyn Raines as the Vice Chair of TSCOM, for a three year term!


We wish her the very best!! 













*pic courtesy Bing.

In November 2018, Esri completed an Enterprise S-57 compilation workshop at NAMRIA Hydrographic Department in the Philippines.

The workshop was very well received at NAMRIA, especially by their new staff,  and provided them with a much needed overview of fundamental concepts. Presently NAMRIA has built and maintained a total of 29 ENC's in the central database.


At Esri, the ArcGIS for Maritime Team supports customers around the world to achieve their objectives.

For more on this workshop, do visit the Chatter blurb by Geoffrey Gomez.


As always, is ready to answer any questions and concerns!