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German Hydrographic Institute
Native name
Deutsches Hydrographisches Institut
Changed into
Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency

organisation profile

On 12 December 1945, the non-military „Deutsches Hydrographisches Institut“ (DHI, German Hydrographic Institute) was established. Hydrographic services were resumed with the available personnel, vessels, and material.

All of DHI’s activities were based on instructions that had been issued by the Allied Control Council. It was not until the passing of the „Seeaufgabengesetz“ (Federal Maritime Responsibilities Act) on 24 May, 1965, that a legal basis for hydrographic surveying in the territorial waters of West Germany was created. In its amended version of 26 July 2002, the law is now applicable to the territorial waters of the unified Germany.

In 1990, two major changes occurred: the German Hydrographic Institute and Federal Board of Tonnage Measurement were merged into the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), and, in the process of German unification, the area of responsibility was expanded to include also the waters of the new Federal States. Most of the personnel, vessels and material of the former SHD were taken over. Some personnel also came from other maritime agencies, the meteorological service, and the GDR’s national dredging and salvage operations.

results in other services

  • Data Discovery & Access service - Data Originators (CDI)
  • Cruise summary report (CSR)
  • Marine environmental databases (EDMED)

edmo metadata

EDMO record id
Collating centre
German Oceanographic Datacentre (DOD)
Latest update
6 January 2011 1:25:36 PM