GIS - 21 June, 2017: An exhibition of hydrographic assets, nautical products and recent works undertaken by the Hydrography Unit of the Ministry of Housing and Lands opened this morning on the National Coast Guard Ship Baracuda, in Port Louis harbour.
This event is organised in the context of activities marking World Hydrography Day 2017, which is observed on 21st June. The objective is to raise public awareness on the vital role of hydrography in our daily life. The theme for this year is ‘Mapping our seas, oceans and waterways - more important than ever’.
Other activities comprise an exhibition of equipment and visit on board the Inshore Survey Vessel (IVS) Pathfinder and the launch of an awareness campaign on the importance of hydrography. . IVS Pathfinder, a donation from the Government of India in 2013, is equipped with modern acoustic U/W sensors, high precision position fixing systems, automated data logging systems and the other conventional and contemporary survey equipment.
The Hydrographic Unit was set up in 2013 following the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Mauritius and India in 2005. The MoU provides for development and cooperation in the field of hydrography and assistance in the production of navigational charts, training of staff and developing expertise in the field.
In addition to its responsibility of undertaking hydrographic surveying and nautical charting in Mauritius, the Hydrographic Unit surveys coastal areas critical for shipping and surface navigation. It also carries out underwater search operations for wreck/obstruction detection and surveys extremely shallow lagoons surrounding Mauritius. The Unit provides hydrographic support to Ministries and agencies dealing with ocean related matters.