About the seminar

UKHO experts presented our ‘Navigating the maritime future’ seminar during Posidonia 2022, exploring how the next generation of navigational technologies and marine data solutions will help shipping to meet these era-defining challenges.

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The seminar was presented by UKHO experts Tom Mellor, Channel Technical Partnering Manager and Chris Berkley, Product Manager. They discussed the challenges and opportunities facing the changing maritime industry. 

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This is a critical time for shipping. A technological transformation is unleashing the power of digital navigation, delivering a new generation of data solutions to support safer, more efficient voyages, and advancing the prospect of autonomous shipping. The regulatory landscape is responding, with new rules that are growing in complexity. Meanwhile, the health of our oceans is becoming critical, as shipping strives to meet its carbon reduction targets, whilst remaining the engine of global trade.

The UKHO’s Channel Technical Partnering Manager, Tom Mellor, and Product Manager, Chris Berkley discussed the following challenges facing the maritime industry:

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What opportunities will the next generation of navigation solutions bring?

The next generation of navigation solutions will deliver a huge leap forward in capabilities. Tom explained more about the new ‘S-100’ data standard, which will underpin these technological advances and transform how marine data is used for passage planning and voyage optimisation.

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How do we make autonomous shipping a reality?

The potential of autonomous vessels will only become a reality if we can solve the challenges of autonomous navigation. Tom provided an update on the development of the new data standards and technologies that will support safe navigation for autonomous shipping.

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How can marine data support the future of our oceans?

Marine data is a vital asset in the fight to protect our oceans, defend our coastlines, and curb shipping’s carbon impact. Tom explored how enhanced marine data can help ship owners to reduce their emissions, improve our ocean stewardship, and realise the potential of the blue economy.



Find out more about more about the UKHO experts who lead this seminar.

Tom Mellor

Job description
Head of OEM Technical Support and Digital Standards

As the UK Hydrographic Office’s (UKHO) Head of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Technical Support and Digital Standards, Tom works with Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS) OEMs to help them display ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions in their applications.

Tom’s extensive knowledge of International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) data standards allows him to spearhead UKHO’s OEM relationships, enabling developers to build and maintain market-leading e-navigation products that underpin safety of life at sea. Tom also provides technical consultancy to major shipping organisations to help them develop and adhere to ECDIS best practice guidance.

Tom is Chairman of the IHO’s Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) Standards Maintenance Working Group, where he has overall responsibility for all current IHO marine data standards used in the production, display and security of electronic navigational charts, as well as their use in ECDIS.  Tom also represents UKHO in the development and implementation of the IHO’s emerging S100 framework standard. S-100 will support a greater variety of hydrographic-related digital data sources, products, and customers. The standard will enable the development of new applications that go beyond the scope of traditional hydrography such as high-density bathymetry, seafloor classification and marine geospatial information services.

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Chris Berkley

Job description
Product Manager

As a Product Manager at the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), Chris is responsible for ensuring that the ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) contains as much trusted ENC content as possible and is safe for navigation, while remaining easy for the mariner to use. As connectivity improves at sea and ENC producers improve their coverage, he is focussed on modernising AVCS and the ADMIRALTY Information Overlay (AIO) so that information is delivered to the navigator much more quickly. 

Before joining UKHO in 2008, Chris spent 16 years at sea as a Deck Officer including five years in command. He served mainly in dry bulk carriers, tramping worldwide, which took him to places well off the beaten track. Since joining UKHO Chris has been an Editor of Sailing Directions and a Marine Advisor. As Product Manager, he has worked on numerous ADMIRALTY software applications and has been Product Manager for AVCS and AIO since 2016.