The federal government said maritime vessels will be able to operate more safely in Australian waters after partnering with local industry to produce digital maps of the country’s surrounding sea and coastal areas.
A panel of one New Zealand and six Australian hydrographic companies have been selected to collect environmental data to survey shipping routes, commercial ports and maritime approaches within the Australian charting area.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the $150 million partnership secures a sovereign capacity to produce hydrographic information over the next five years.
“It is vital to our national interest that the ADF can operate in Australian waters and that both commercial and naval vessels can safely navigate these waters,” Minister Reynolds said.
“Given Australia’s sea charting area covers 10 per cent of the Earth’s surface, this commercial deal also frees up Defence’s specialist workforce and capabilities to focus on military geospatial requirements,” Minister Reynolds said.
Defence is also investigating options to replace Navy’s current military hydrographic survey capability.
By: Louis Dillon
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