UKHO Alexander Dalrymple Award presented to Admiral Carrasco

15 November 2015

Admiral Patricio Carrasco, Director of the Chilean Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service, who is the 2015 winner of the UK Hydrographic Office's prestigious Alexander Dalrymple Award.

The award, dedicated to the founding Hydrographer of the Navy, was instituted in 2006 and is made to an individual who, in the opinion of the Senior Leadership team at UKHO, has shown outstanding dedication and delivered a major contribution to world hydrography.

Adm Carrasco is a strong proponent of hydrography in the South American Region and has played a leading role in developing a modern tsunami warning centre - a difficult task because of the extensive length of the Chilean coastline.

Presenting the award, at a ceremony in London on 11th November, Reserves Minister Julian Brazier, responsible for the UKHO, said: "I would like to congratulate Admiral Patricio Carrasco on his award and his contribution to hydrography, which is vitally important for defence and world trade.

"The UK Hydrographic Office has been charting the world's oceans for more than 200 years, supporting the Royal Navy and merchant mariners and the work continues. Its products and services are now sold globally and used by over 90% of the world's ships trading internationally. Understanding our seas and coastlines is a constant process and Patricio has made an immense contribution to the protection and sustainable use of the marine environment in Chile."

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