UKHO undertakes seabed mapping around the Falklands

16 November 2019

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is currently conducting hydrographic charting surveys of the Falkland Island coastal waters in support safe maritime trade and the development of a sustainable blue economy.

As part of the UK government's Overseas Territories Seabed Mapping Programme, the UKHO will lead the vessel-based seabed data collection. The data will initially be used to update nautical charts to support safe and efficient navigation for ships using the Falkland Island waters.

With the expected increase in expedition cruises within the waters around the Falklands ensuring a safe passage to the sites and reducing the risk and minimising impact of any environmental consequences are essential. Additional data sets, including seabed type, will be used to help the Directorate of Natural Resources preserve the marine environment and sustainably harness economic resources.

The surveys will be conducted from November through to the end of January using personnel from the UKHO and their contractor, EGS. They will be using local vessel John Davis as the survey platform, along with two support vessels. This work is supported by the UK government's Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, which has been established to build peace and stability around the world.

This project is part of the work carried out by the wider Hydrographic Programmes team to support blue economic growth and help territories to fulfil their international maritime safety obligations under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention. To date, more than 19,500km2 of survey have been completed through these programmes and the UKHO has conducted surveys in Commonwealth states across the Caribbean and Pacific.

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Somerset TA1 2DN
T: +44 1823 337900
F: +44 1823 284077

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