ISLAMABAD, Feb 19 (APP):The 8th ROPME Sea Area Hydrographic Commission (RSAHC) meeting is being
hosted by Pakistan Navy from February 18 to 20

During the three-day meeting; matters related to nautical charting, capacity building
and regional hydrographic cooperation are being discussed with each member
presenting their national report highlighting the progress made towards increasing
the area surveyed and charted by modern and reliable means.

“This platform provides unique opportunity to establish a mechanism for supporting coastal
states in capacity building,” said a press release issued by Directorate General Public
Relations Pakistan Navy.

RSAHC was one of the 15 geographically distributed regional bodies established by
International Hydrographic Organization to coordinate hydrographic activities around
the globe and promote safety of shipping.

Presently, Pakistan was Chairman of RSAHC which includes North Arabian Sea,
Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Strait of Hormuz, encompassing critical oil trade route. Other
members of this Commission include Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and
Saudi Arabia whereas France, UK and USA are associate members.
Pakistan had been a leading nation in RSAHC region since its establishment in
year 2000. Acumen and quality work of Pakistan Hydrographic Office was
acknowledged at international level and the charts produced by Pakistan were
used extensively.
Pakistan had acquired the latest new survey vessel that would be delivered
by September 2019. The services of this ship would enhance our hydrographic
capabilities which would also be available for regional surveying and capacity
building, said the press release.