Marine Link
Friday, October 28, 2016

Australian Navy Ships Complete PNG Survey

October 31, 2013

Two of the Royal Australian Navy’s Coastal Hydrographic Survey ships have recently returned to their homeport of Cairns, having completed a survey of Dawson Strait, Papua New Guinea.

The two ships, Mermaid and Paluma, commenced vital survey work in August to assist mariners in the safe passage and navigation of the region.

The information gathered will determine under-keel clearances for merchant and tourism vessels and will later be transformed into charts by the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong.

Commanding Officer of HMAS Mermaid, Lieutenant Commander Sara Lambden, says the information is a valuable tool for mariners.

“During our survey we conducted soundings and collected data along the coastline. The information will be made into charts which will provide mariners with confidence to travel in the region and will hopefully help to increase tourism and trade,” said LCDR Lambden.

“During the deployment, we had significant interaction with the local communities, explaining the variety of instruments and gauges we deploy and reassured them that the equipment would cause no harm to the area.”

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, said hydrography is an important part of the nation’s working Navy.

“Navy is responsible for meeting Australia’s obligations under the UN Convention for Safety Of Life At Sea for provision of national hydrographic services,” Rear Admiral Barrett said. “Our hydrographic ships and aircraft perform this vital task, not only around the Australian coast line, but throughout the region. “The Dawson’s Strait survey is another example of Navy’s highly skilled people working hard to ensure the safe passage of mariners and trade.”

Mermaid and Paluma are two of four Paluma Class Survey Motor Launches (SML) operated by the Royal Australian Navy. The 360-metric-ton ships are based in Cairns and are highly suited to coastal and shallow water survey, which forms a major component of the Australian national charting requirement.

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Oct 2016 - Marine Design Annual

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News