In October 2021 EGS was announced as the successful survey contractor to undertake the Commonwealth HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program (HIPP) Survey Instruction 1005 Torres Strait Under-Keel Clearance and SI 1018 Great North East Channel (South-West) – Torres Strait, Queensland.
The HIPP planning process has identified this task to update charted bathymetry, currently assessed as ZOC C, to facilitate safe navigation, provide confirmation of known and identify new navigation hazards for freedom of manoeuvres.
The required order of survey will be IHO S44 Order 1a throughout the survey area to water depths less than 30m. This operation will also support other surveys undertaken by Commonwealth.
EGS will be utilising MV SeaRanger to provide the survey platform, mobilising in Thursday Island in January 2022. The main survey task covers approximately 375 sq NM in the Torres Strait.
The HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program is the commercial acquisition program that undertakes focused hydrographic survey activities to contribute to national charting priorities. The vision for HIPP is to undertake an efficient, effective, and sustainable hydrographic survey, oceanographic and marine geophysical data collection program through a partnership with Industry to deliver a true nation-building effort. More information is available on the Australian Hydrographic Office Website.