7 APRIL 2021: GUARDIAN GEOMATICS NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT
Guardian Geomatics have been awarded another HIPP Project, SI 1016 - North-East Beagle Gulf and Clarence Strait. The HIPP survey is to be conducted in Beagle Gulf which is located at the top end of Australia, off the coast of the Northern Territory.
Guardian Geomatics will offer end to end Australian capability for this latest HIPP Project, providing an integrated solution using Guardian designed and owned vessel, survey equipment, and personnel. As part of our technology stack, the team have developed GGTools, GGMap and Subsea-cloud, reducing travel requirements, mitigating health risk to project operations during the current pandemic, while improving delivery schedule.
The Gulf forms the approaches to the Port of Darwin, servicing a bustling stream of traffic from cruise ships; to cargo, naval and recreational vessels, and everything in between.
This busy passage enables a significant volume of critical shipping transits; for vessels en-route to Asia, and the offshore oil and gas fields of the Arafura and Timor Seas.
The survey area (highlighted below) was last systematically surveyed between 1935-1938, and does include areas of coverage, albeit with data that is unsurprisingly low quality. The historical surveys that were executed were completed using dated techniques and methodology, thus providing incomplete and patchy coverage in the area.
Depths within the survey area (detailed in pink below) range from <5 metres to 50+ metres in some of the deepest channels. New data collected from our survey will be knitted together with adjacent survey site data acquired during HydroScheme 2020 and HydroScheme 2021. The result will be consistent, standardized survey coverage which will be utilized by the AHO, improving the quality of bathymetric charts and increasing navigational safety in the area.
Managing Director Paul Kennedy has said, “The HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program (HIPP) is an initiative developed for the benefit of the Australian maritime industry, and we’re delighted with the opportunity to contribute. As a wholly owned Australian company, we are fully committed to Australian Industry Capability. Our data will contribute to the safety of our Australian maritime industry and preserve our precious coastline for years to come.”
This scope of work will follow on from our SI 1006 Great North East Channel Survey in the Torres Strait, which is still underway.