UKHO supports Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme

1 October 2018

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is undertaking motorboat surveys of the waters off Dominica and St Lucia as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme.

In the wake of Hurricane Maria in late 2017, priority survey areas were agreed for Dominica's main ports and approaches, focussing on areas including Roseau, Portsmouth and Soufriere Bay. Key areas of interest for St Lucia included Castries to Marigot Harbour, Rodney Bay, Vieux Fort Bay and Soufriere Bay.

Data captured during the surveys will be used to update navigation charts of the regions, as well as helping Dominica and St Lucia to meet their international maritime obligations. These updated charts will reduce navigational risks and improve the safety of ships, cargo and crew, encourage access for the growing cruise ship activity and support a range of environmental and scientific applications, including sustainable fisheries management and coastal protection and management.

This work forms part of the CME Programme, funded by the UK Government and delivered by the UKHO,  Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). The programme aims to support the sustainable growth of Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by making the most of their natural economic and environmental resources.

UK Hydrographic Office
Admiralty Way
Taunton
Somerset TA1 2DN
UK
T: +44 1823 337900
F: +44 1823 284077

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