U.S., Cuba agree on efforts to improve maritime navigation safety

Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, and Col. Candido Alfredo Regalado Gomez, chief of Cuba’s National Office of Hydrography and Geodesy (ONHG), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve maritime navigation safety and related areas of mutual interest to protect lives and property at sea.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the signing, which calls for cooperation in the areas of hydrography, oceanography, geodesy and related services of mutual interest, on March 21.

A major focus will be to improve maritime navigation safety including efforts to ensure the accuracy of both electronic and paper charts, eliminate charting overlaps and fill in gaps in navigational chart coverage. 

NOAA and ONHG are working on plans for monitoring and forecasting tides and currents for ports and improving positioning networks among related scientific and technical activities. 

The MOU is the first step in what is expected to be long-term collaboration between the two countries. 

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