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India, Sri Lanka complete 2nd phase of joint oceanographic survey

Dec 20, 2017 16:24 IST
India, Sri Lanka complete 2nd phase of joint oceanographic survey

The Indian Navy in collaboration with the Sri Lankan navy successfully completed the second phase of the joint oceanographic survey conducted off the South Western Coast of Sri Lanka.

The survey was initiated on 26 October 2017 with the arrival of the Indian Naval Ship Sutlej in Sri Lanka.

The survey charts were handed over by the Indian side to the Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy on 19 December 2017. The survey extended to a depth contour of 200 m from the coastline, ranging from Colombo to Galle.

Key Objective

The main aim behind launching the joint oceanographic survey was to update all the navigational charts, covering the southern Sri Lankan waters with the latest hydrographic data.

It also aims to bolster cooperation between the two countries in the field of hydrography.

The exercise also provides an opportunity for both the naval sides to learn from each other and to build on the already existing high level of compatibility between them.

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Significance

The move is expected to enhance the level of navigational safety of all ships visiting Sri Lanka.

Thus, it will benefit the international shipping traffic passing through the southern coast of Sri Lanka and in turn pave the way for the development of a blue economy.

About the joint oceanographic survey

The Indian Navy and Sri Lanka Navy conducted the first phase of the survey from 30 March to 11 May 2017.

The first survey task was undertaken by Indian Naval ship INS Darshak, which is an indigenously designed and constructed vessel that is fitted with the latest state of the art survey equipment.

The joint survey task also included imparting of extensive training to the Sri Lankan Navy personnel who were embarked onboard the ship to assist in capacity building of Sri Lankan Navy’s Hydrographic Department.

The third phase is expected to be undertaken in 2018.

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