Marine survey specialists EGS (International) Limited (EGS) has been awarded a competitive bid contract by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to carry out a detailed high-resolution bathymetric survey in the British Virgin Islands.
This important survey work has been commissioned within the framework of the UK Government’s Overseas Territories Seabed Mapping Programme, and is being conducted in the wake of Hurricane Irma which struck the British Virgin Islands last September and left behind a great deal of devastation.
This survey specifically aims to gather accurate hydrographic information for updating the UKHO’s ADMIRALTY nautical charts and publications of the area, including any new wreck and obstruction resulting from the hurricane.
EGS have mobilised at short notice, two vessels equipped with the latest high-resolution multibeam echo sounder systems. The two vessels will be used to survey several high priority areas, including the approaches to Road Harbour in Tortola and the North Sound area in Virgin Gorda.
This project follows other survey work successfully carried out for the UKHO by EGS in the Pacific region (Vanuatu) and in the Caribbean (Jamaica). This once again underlines EGS’s capabilities in providing cost-effective survey solutions in remote locations even at short notice, while ensuring the strict data quality standards required by this safety critical work are fully met