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About the UK Hydrographic Office

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) collects and supplies hydrographic and geospatial data for the Royal Navy and merchant shipping, to protect lives at sea. Working with other national hydrographic offices, we set and raise global standards of hydrography, cartography and navigation.

We are a trading fund of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and employ around 850 people based in Taunton, Somerset. In the 2017 to 2018 tax year, our paper and digital products and services generated a turnover of £151.6 million, enabling us to pay a £19.1 million dividend to MOD.

Our market-leading portfolio of ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions is found on more than 90% of the world’s ships trading internationally and provides the widest official coverage of the world’s busiest international shipping routes and ports.

Depended upon by mariners for more than 200 years, the range includes some 15,750 Electronic Navigational Charts, 3,500 Standard Nautical Charts and more than 200 paper and digital publications.

Our vision is to be a world-leading marine geospatial information agency and hydrographic office. More information about this can be found in our Annual Report for 2017 to 2018

We will use this blog to keep you up to speed on all things digital at UKHO. It will enable us to share information across government so we can get consistently excellent digital outcomes.

Our blog policy sets out how you can contribute and how it will be moderated.