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United Kingdom
United States

Associate Members:

Antig. & Barbuda
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Dominican Rep.

Santa Lucia
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Vincent & Gre.

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MACHC ENCOnline Viewer

MACHC ENCOnline Viewer

The MACHC ENCOnline viewer uses Esri's Maritime Chart Server Technology, providing a seamless view of ENC datasets as viewed through an ECDIS. The viewer allows for certain parameters to be modified, changing such display properties as color scheme, depth contours (shallow, safety and deep), depth units, depth shades, point and area symbolization, and cell extents. Datasets are searchable by S-57 OBJNAM encoding as well as pick lists through map click. Both of these features expose further attribute information and the ability to zoom to features.

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MACHC Integrated Chart Committee (MICC)
Chairman: USA , John Nyberg (US/NOAA)
Vice-Chairman: Brazil, Ricardo Freire (BR)

MACHC Integrated Chart Committee (main) | Committee Documents

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At the 12th MACHC in ST. Kitts, the Conference considered and adopted the HSSC proposal to establish a coordinated group, the MACHC Integrated Chart Committee (MICC), to develop and maintain integrated international chart schemes for both paper "International (INT) Charts and Electronic Nautical Charts (ENC) coverage for the region. Prior to this, INT Chart and ENC development activities were addressed by two independent committes, the International Chart Committee and the Electronic Chart Committee.

The MICC is tasked with the development and maintenance of official nautical charts in both paper and digital formats, including:

  • Develop and maintain an integrated international chart scheme for the region
  • Ensure proper maintenance and updating of nautical documents
  • Develop proposals for new/amended INT Chart Schemes
  • Coordinate development/maintenance of ENC Schemes

- MACHC MS Catalogs

- Terms of Reference/Rules of Procedures

- List of participants

- MACHC ENC - Available as of 5 Dec 2013

Service Links

- Google Earth KMZ ENC Layer

- OGC Compliant WMS ENC Layer

- ESRI Map Service of ENC Layer

(Note: To view this application you need to have Google Earth installed in your computer.)



Marine Economic Infrastructure Programme (MEIP)
Chairman:Jim Rogers (US/NGA)
Vice Chairman:

MEIP Committee (main) | Committee Documents

The Marine Economic Infrastructure Programme (MEIP) Committee is a subsidiary of the MesoAmerican and Caribbean Sea Hydrographic Commission (MEIPWG–MACHC) of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO).  The MEIP is working to create a geospatial framework as a foundation to enable sustainable economic growth through greater understanding of the ocean, coastal ecosystems and changing environment within the region, using hydrographic data as a planning and management tool.

The MEIP's primary objective is to support the Spatial Data Infraestructure (SDI) activities of the MACHC, including:

  • Ensure the MACHC MEIP is developed to support sustainable economic growth within the region.
  • Monitor national and international SDI activities. Present this and MEIP WG progress to MACHC members at the annual meeting.
  • Promote the use of IHO standards and Member State marine data in SDI applications.
  • Identify actions and procedures that the MACHC might take to contribute to the development of Spatial Data Infraestructure (SDI) in support of Member States.
  • Identify any IHO capacity building requirements.

- Terms of Reference / Rules of Prodedures

Active Participants

United Kingdom
United States
IHB (International Hydrographic Bureau)



Capacity Building Committee (CBC)
Chairman:UKHO, Jeff Bryant (UK)

CBC Committee (main) | Committee Documents

The Capacity Building Committee (CBC) of the MesoAmerican-Caribbean Sea Hydrographic Commission (MACHC) was formed to assess and assist in sustainable development and improvement of the States of the MACHC Region and in particular to assist coastal states within the Region to improve capacity building of hydrographic offices and with hydrographic activities in support of the safety of navigation. MACHC-CBC is closely related with the IHO-CBC and acts in accordance with the IHO-CBC strategic plan and identifies requirements and action plans to contribute to capacity building in this region.

- Terms of Reference/Rules of Procedures
- MACHC Capacity Building Plan for 2013-2017

Performance Assessment Report

Prior to the establishment of the MACHC CBC, a report providing results of lessons learned and related recommendations of a three-year capacity building pilot project supported by the MACHC in partnership with the Gulf of Honduras Project from 2008-2011 was developed. In accordance with the IHO capacity building phases, this effort focused on providing Hydrography Type 2 (training on basic hydrographic survey practices - single beam surveys - and related data processing). The final report Performance Assessment Report of the MACHC Hydrographic Surveying Capacity Building Partnership with the Gulf of Honduras project (2008-2011) was a pilot project initiated under the MACHC electronic Chart Committee Working Group 1 that successfully demonstrated the potential for accessing previously untapped international resources to support hydrographic capacity building, particularly in the acquisition of survey equipment that the countries would not have otherwise been able to attain via limited IHO Capacity Building resources.