GIS- 12 December, 2018: The Indian Naval Ship “Sarvekshak”, a modern survey vessel with the state-of-the-art Hydrographic and Oceanographic survey equipment suite, arrived in Mauritius yesterday at the Port Louis Harbour. On this occasion, the Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Purmanund Jhugroo, was present.
Minister Jhugroo highlighted that the ship will operate in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Mauritius for about two months to carry out Joint hydrographic and oceanographic surveys for the production of Nautical Charts. He pointed out that the ship will be conducting hydrographic survey off Le Morne from 14 to 31 December 2018 and off the southern coast of Rodrigues as from 4 January 2019.
He recalled that the ship deployment has been possible with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Hydrographic Cooperation between the Government of Mauritius and that of India in 2005. Concrete steps, he emphasised, are being taken to enhance the coverage of hydrographic surveys in our EEZ and address the requirements of stakeholders.
The Minister underlined that the “Sarvekshak” will also pave the way for the publishing of two new navigational charts namely for Point Sud Quest (Le Morne) and Rodrigues Island which will be available at the Ministry of Housing and Lands, for users in Mauritius and seafarers all over the world. The ship will survey areas in Rodrigues which have never been systematically charted earlier and will make the waters safer to navigate by bigger crafts and ships, he added.
He also informed that the Inshore Survey Vessel Pathfinder which was handed over to the Government of Mauritius by the Government of India in 2013, has been ferried back to Mauritius by the “Sarvekshak” ship following four years of major repairs and maintenance works in India.
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