IC-ENC Regional Offices
IC-ENC Australia was set up in 2005, and is hosted by the Australian Hydrographic Service (AHS). The offices are located in Wollongong, New South Wales. IC-ENC Australia operates with one part-time Manager and one full-time Validator.
IC-ENC Australia provides local support to those members in the region, Australia and New Zealand. The ability to have validation issues dealt with in a timely manner with staff responsive to member needs working in a similar time zone is regarded as very advantageous.
IC-ENC Latin America
IC-ENC Latin America is currently under development. This new regional office will be developed in partnership with the Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation (DHN) and will be located in the Niterói offices of DHN, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The first stage is for IC-ENC to train DHN staff in the IC-ENC ENC quality assurance practices, who will then be considered 'on loan' to IC-ENC. The stringent IC-ENC requirements in terms of staff performance and competence will be reached during 2015, with the IC-ENC Latin America office achieving full operating capability in early 2016.
IC-ENC Latin America will be responsible for validating data for those members in the region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The office will be run by one part-time Manager and two full-time Validators.
IC-ENC North America
IC-ENC North America is currently under development. This new regional office will be developed in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who have entered into the initial phase of becoming the 38th national hydrographic office to join IC-ENC.
The 2015 IC-ENC annual Steering Committee meeting in Munich, Germany approved NOAA's intended membership of IC-ENC and endorsed a proposal for NOAA and IC-ENC to establish a fourth regional office of IC-ENC in Washington, DC, USA.
The membership arrangements, and the inclusion of the new office into IC-ENC's global operating framework, are now subject to detailed analysis and development by the NOAA and IC-ENC teams. Further announcements will follow as the IC-ENC North America office develops full operating capability during 2016.
NOAA currently produces and maintains over 1000 ENCs. IC-ENC's Production Support including Capacity Building (Training) and Independent Validation services will be delivered to NOAA via the IC-ENC North America office. The NOAA ENCs will form part of the global IC-ENC folio, and be included in IC-ENC's ENC Distribution service, achieved through the main IC-ENC office in the UK,
IC-ENC is looking forward to working in partnership with NOAA and assisting in sustaining this important ENC coverage.
For more information about the IC-ENC Regional Offices, please see the Regional Office Concept page.