its establishment in 1955, the South African Navy
Hydrographic Office (SANHO) has played an essential role
in supporting safe navigation at sea in the South
African region. The SANHO is recognized as the Centre of
Hydrographic excellence in Africa by the International
Hydrographic Community through its proven professional
conduct, products, innovation and supreme service.
SANHO is the national producer of paper charts,
electronic navigational charts (ENCs) and publications,
with a folio of 109 paper charts, 57 ENCs and 9
publications. The mission of the SANHO is to meet
National, Defence and Commercial customers' needs for
navigational charts and other hydrographic information,
in support of safe navigation.
SANHO Products are sold nationally and internationally
through a network of Distributors. See List of Chart
Agents in the Chart Catalogue (SANHO-3) for
details of official Agents selling paper charts and
publications. Official South African ENC products (in
S57 digital format) are available to commercial users
through the Value Added Resellers (VARs) of the
International Centre for ENCs (IC-ENC).
SANHO is based at Tokai, Cape Town
and comprises of five
Safety Information and Nautical Publications; and
Survey Operations and Survey Training.