Fugro Survey Pty Ltd has been awarded a contract for hydrographic surveying services for the Royal Australian Navy Australian Hydrographic Office. The contract value is 11 million Australian Dollars. Due to the remote nature of the survey area, the relatively shallow waters and the technically demanding specifications, Fugro Survey plans to operate an airborne hydrographic LIDAR system to complete the survey. Field operations are expected to commence later this year and continue in 2008.
The survey is in support of the Fisheries Protection Survey and Charting Project (FPSCP). This phase of the FPSCP will be conducted in the southern portion of the Torres Strait. The survey provides the Royal Australian Navy with detailed mapping of this area, which will enhance the capacity of maritime enforcement vessels to protect and secure Australian waters from incursion by illegal foreign fishing vessels.