We have recently been awarded the framework agreement for Lot 1 for the coming years. The UK, as a contracting government to the United Nation Convention of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), has an obligation to ‘arrange to collect and compile hydrographic data and to publish, disseminate and update all nautical information necessary for safe navigation’ (SOLAS V, Regulation 9). The Department for Transport has delegated the responsibility to meet this obligation to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). The MCA is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport.
The MCA funds, manages and delivers the UK Civil Hydrography Programme (CHP) to prioritise the survey and mapping of UK Home Waters, an area in excess of 720,000km2. The CHP continues to provide high-quality hydrographic data that underpin the production of national nautical charts and publications, and to maximise the benefit to maritime safety, the marine environment and efficient maritime transport.