Indo-Sri Lanka joint hydrographic survey completed
The joint Hydrographic survey, conducted by the Indian
Navy Hydrographic Department and Sri Lanka Navy Hydrographic Service,
extending from Colombo to Sangamankanda has been completed. Accordingly,
the Commanding Officer of the Indian Naval Survey Ship INS Dharshak,
Captain Peush Pawsey handed over the fair sheets of "Colombo to
Sangamankanda" and "Weligama Bay" to the Commander of the Navy, Vice
Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne at an official function held at the Navy
Headquarters on Friday (12 May).
According to Navy media sources, this is the first
ever joint survey conducted with the assistance of the Indian Navy
Hydrographic Department. The survey commenced on 29th March (2017).
Hydrographers of Sri Lanka Navy and Indian Navy completed the survey
within a period of six weeks. The survey covered approximately 41,600
square kilometres (12,150 square nautical miles) of area.
The survey was conducted with state of the art
equipment and technology available with the Indian Naval Survey Ship INS
'Darshak', that included Multi-Beam Sounding, Single-Beam Sounding Side
Scan Sonar, DGPS etc.
Sri Lanka, as a signatory state of SOLAS (Safety of
Life at Sea) Convention, is obliged to provide and make available
updated hydrographic information to mariners. The updated
nautical/hydrographic information will replace age old
nautical/hydrographic data available in the existing relevant nautical
charts. The Sri Lanka Navy Hydrographic Service expects to publish this
information through new national series paper charts and electronic
navigation charts in the near future. This will benefit the large
international shipping traffic passing the waters of Sri Lanka.
Chief Hydrographer of the Navy Rear Admiral Sisira
Jayakody, Defence Advisor to the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka
were also present at the ceremony.