Robert Ward becomes executive consultant for BM Bergmann-Marine

15 December 2017

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Robert Ward former President and Secretary-General of the Monaco-based intergovernmental International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) has recently been confirmed as Executive Consultant by the privately-owned German consultancy service-provider BM Bergmann-Marine.

The British-born hydrographic surveyor, who is an Australian citizen now based in Sydney, has extensive practical experience in hydrographic and oceanographic surveying.  Robert Ward joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) after 13 years' service in the British Royal Navy which was preceded by a short stint in the merchant navy. In 2007, he retired from the RAN as a Captain and Deputy Hydrographer of Australia. His shore-based experience included training hydrographic surveyors both in the UK and as Head of the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic School in Sydney, strategic planning, capability development, project management, and commercial support programmes.

Robert was elected as one of the three co-Directors of the Secretariat of the International Hydrographic Organization in September 2007 where his principal responsibility was the direction of the technical programme of the Organization. He was subsequently re-elected in 2012 for a second five-year term as President, later Secretary-General; this ended on 1st September 2017 when he was succeeded by Dr Mathias Jonas. During his time with the IHO, Robert was actively involved in capacity building and regional hydrographic development, and the development and implementation of the international standards and regulations for digital hydrographic data.

Robert offer an in-depth knowledge of hydrography to the skillset of BM Bergmann-Marine, enhancing its ability to advise on the international maritime market domain and related standards.


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