Hosted by the Indonesian Naval Hydro-Oceanography Center (Pushidrosal), the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) held its Hydrographic Services and Standards Committee Meeting (HSSC-14) from 16-19 May 2022 in Bali where the chairman of the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC), (Mr Graham Evans), was presented with a token of appreciation by the Indonesian Chief Hydrographer Vice Admiral Nurhidayat. The personalised plaque was granted to ICPC due to its support and advice related to submarine cable route planning, installation, and maintenance best practices. On behalf of the global organisation that is dedicated to the sharing of information for the common interest of all seabed users, the plaque was graciously accepted by the ICPC.
ICPC advice and support had been provided at the request of Pushidrosal by way of an informative workshop that was led by Mr Evans from EGS Survey Group, and supported by Ms Geraldine Le Meur from SubCom, that was virtually-held on 4 March 2022. The workshop focused on enquiries raised by Pushidrosal and Indonesian Government stakeholders that were related to submarine cable industry best practices for both telecommunications and power cables within the context of both Indonesia’s development of submarine cable infrastructure to support the developing digital economy across the vast Indonesian Archipelago. How best practices aligned with the importance of Indonesian Marine Spatial Planning objectives were also discussed.
Earlier this year, the ICPC published ‘Government Best Practices for Protecting and Promoting Resilience of Submarine Telecommunications Cables' to assist governments in developing laws, policies, and practices to foster the development and protection of submarine telecommunications cables, the infrastructure of the internet. The full document may be found here.