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New Navy Hydrographic Office established

New Navy Hydrographic Office established

[August 11 2017]


Sri Lanka Navy has established its new Hydrographic Office in Mattakkuliya. The new facility was declared open on Thursday (10th August) during a ceremony graced by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera. Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne was also present at the occasion.

According to Navy media, the Sri Lanka Navy Hydrographic Service teamed up with the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) on 21st June 2016, enabling both entities to enhance the ongoing nautical charting scheme for Sri Lanka in a more effective and efficient manner, through the use of advanced technological solutions.

Presently there are 20 'A' grade and 15 'B' grade Hydrographic Surveyors who are performing duties temporarily absorbed into the Navy Hydrographic Service. In addition 85 naval personnel have also been attached to the Navy Hydrographic Service as assistants to Surveyors.

As Sri Lanka sits close to the East - West international maritime line where around 36,000 ships move annually, the country is bound to affirm the navigational safety of vessels frequenting the Sri Lankan territorial waters in keeping with the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention. The responsibility of drafting and updating navigational charts rests with the Navy's Hydrographic Service. Navigational charts of the previous century prepared by the British are still used for navigational purposes. Drafting and updating our own nautical charts could save and also earn much foreign exchange. Sri Lanka Navy Hydrographic Service expects to provide quality Hydrographic data in support of decision making towards sustainable development, protection and safe use of Sri Lanka's maritime domain.

Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, senior Naval officers and NARA officials were also present at the opening ceremony.



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