Fugro helps improve Papua New Guinea’s navigation safety

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World-leading geo-data specialist helps build Papua New Guinea’s sustainable economic development.

Working with the Papua New Guinea National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) and with funding from the Asia Development Bank (ADB), geo-data specialist Fugro has completed a hydrographic survey to determine a safe channel through the Star Reef Passage.

The survey, which will be used to support updated nautical charting and improved coastal zone management, is a key initiative contributing to Papua New Guinea’s sustainable economic development.

To accomplish the work, the Fugro LADS HD+ Airborne Lidar Bathymetry (ALB) system was deployed with a team of surveyors from both the NMSA and Fugro working in collaboration. Fugro’s ALB system meets International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standards with the data now set to be used to update nautical charts. The data was collected safely and with minimal environmental impact on the sensitive reef environment or local marine activity.

Through this Maritime and Waterways Safety Project, Fugro has successfully worked with the NMSA and ADB to help deliver both hydrographic data and training of NMSA staff. The project aims at improving the safety and efficiency of international and national shipping in coastal areas and waterways of Papua New Guinea by improving maritime safety information infrastructure and practices and capacity.

Safer maritime activities that improve trade and tourism, as well as information to help manage the environment, will bring direct benefit to PNG’s coastal communities.

Paul M. Unas, CEO of NMSA, said he was pleased with the successful outcome of the Star Reefs Passage Survey under the ADB-funded project and reaffirmed NMSA’s commitment to ensuring the PNG navigable waterways are adequately surveyed to IHO specifications and nautical charts are updated for the safety of navigation. Unas thanked Fugro for LADS HD & ALB systems performance and capability to meet NMSA expectations in time-demanding environments.

Paul Seaton, Fugro’s director for hydrography and coastal resilience said that Fugro was proud to work with the NMSA team who played a key role in both project planning and collecting the data. “The collaboration was a great example of how this work can contribute to the develop local capabilities to deploy innovative technologies to manage the marine environment,” he said.