Hydro International –
Responding to requests from the maritime industry and the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Survey is prioritising tasks for the 2012 hydrographic survey season.
The mission is to acquire hydrographic data and update navigational charts for areas with high levels of commercial traffic and passenger cruise ships, and in areas important to the development of strategic resources.
The true Arctic lies ahead for the Office of Coast Survey hydrography and charting in 2012.
This year, Coast Survey will venture the furthest north it has gone in fifty years, with NOAA Ship Fairweather planning to survey the sparsely and inadequately measured depths of the approaches to Red Dog Mine (the world’s largest producer of zinc concentrate) in the Chukchi Sea.
The importance of ensuring the accuracy of charts used by passenger cruise lines is also front and centre, especially following the Costa Concordia tragedy in Italy.
Fairweather is slated to survey Alaskan coastline transited by a major cruise line, and both the Fairweather and Rainier will likely survey Alaska ferry routes as well as other commercial transit areas in the Gulf of Alaska.