The surveys will be conducted utilising a combination of Fugro’s Airborne lidar Bathymetry (ALB) and multibeam echo sounder (MBES) sensors and a seamless dataset will be delivered to the NMSA.
“As a pioneer of ALB development, Fugro has a solid track record in applying this advanced technology for mapping shallow water environments safely and cost- effectively,” commented Paul Seaton, Fugro’s Regional Business Development Manager for Asia Pacific. In deeper waters the surveys will be performed by vessel and Fugro will also conduct a comprehensive tides campaign throughout the survey area.
The contracts are part of the Asian Development Bank-funded Maritime Waterways Safety Project that aims to improve the safety and efficiency of the country’s international and national shipping in coastal areas and waterways. By improving the maritime environment and making coastal shipping safer, the project will facilitate travel, trade and tourism for rural communities. The project is expected to contribute to capacity development in the country, which has over 5,000 kilometres of coastline.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL MARITIME SAFETY AUTHORITY
The National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) was established by an Act of Parliament in 2003. Its purpose is to regulate maritime safety standards, coordinate search and rescue operations and control ship source marine pollution in PNG waters. The NMSA strives to undertake the Government’s regulatory functions and meet the expectations of the shipping industry, its customers and coastal communities for a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible shipping sector; this is crucial for the long term social and economic development of Papua New Guinea. www.nmsa.gov.pg
ABOUT THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established in 1966 and headquartered in Manila, Philippines. The ADB maintains 31 field offices around the world to promote social and economic development in Asia. www.adb.org