- Royal Danish Administration of Navigation & Hydrography, Oceanographic Department
- Overgaden o.Vandet 62 B Postbox 1919
- Copenhagen K
The Royal Danish Administration of Navigation and Hydrography (RDANH) is the agency in Denmark which ensures that traffic at sea is conducted safely and securely.
RDANH is to contribute to the safety of navigation at sea in Danish, Faroese and Greenland waters.
RDANH achieves this mission through execution of the following tasks.
Exercise jurisdiction and issue nautical publications
RDANH determines guidelines for buoyage, grants licences and issues orders regarding buoyage, handles cases concerning installations and work in Danish waters and cases concerning wrecks. In conjunction with the discharge of authority, mariners are regularly supplied with information via the publication of Notices to Mariners, coastal and local warnings, etc.
Provide aids to navigation
RDANH establishes, operates and maintains systems and buoyage to assist in positioning and navigation in principal waters, transitroutes and to secure anchorage in accordance with the Danish legislation on safety at sea. That means establishing, operating and maintaining lights, lightbuoys, beacons, day markers and radio navigation systems as required.
Provide coastal rescue
As part of the Danish sea rescue services, RDANH operates the Coastal Rescue Service including 21 lifeboat stations. All resources, including the boatmen with their intimate knowledge of their local environment are made available to Admiral Danish Fleet in his capacity as Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre.
RDANH is the parent Danish authority for pilotage and operates the Pilotage Authority with exclusive rights for pilotage in Danish territorial waters. The Pilotage Authority is a self-supporting and financially independent organisation, whose rates are determined by the Minister of Defence. The pilot stations provide navigators with local knowledge and expertise for shipping transiting Danish waters or calling at Danish ports. This supports safety of navigation and contributes to protect the environment. The Director General authorises pilots, grants licences and issues certificates etc. for pilotage.
Conduct hydrographic surveys and provide oceanographic information
RDANH is responsible for hydrographic surveys in Danish, Faeroese and Greenland waters. RDANH undertakes collection of hydrographic and oceanographic data. Hydrographic surveys are carried out by Naval personnel and ships as directed by RDANH. Collected and processed data are made available to the armed services, commercial shipping, for producing charts and to regulatory bodies and other users.
RDANH also functions as the Ministry of Defence Centre for Operational Oceanography.
The Centre is responsible for the collection, validation, storage and administration of oceanographic and hydrographic data to support the planning and execution of maritime operations, to improve the safety of activities at sea, to assist in the preparation of charts as well as being responsible for oceanographic and hydrographic research and development. The Centre also serves as a point of contact and coordinator for relevant national and international projects. In addition, the Centre is expected to provide assistance and support to other public authorities in Denmark and other countries as well as to the maritime industry.
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