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FUGRO’S Hydrographic surveys to improve maritime safety in Papua New Guinea

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Fugro has been awarded a total of six contracts by the National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) of Papua New Guinea. The hydrographic survey packages are expected to contribute to capacity development in the country, which has over 5,000 kilometres of coastline.

The surveys will be conducted utilising a combination of Fugro’s Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry (ALB) and multibeam echo sounder (MBES) sensors and a seamless dataset will be delivered to the NMSA.

“As a pioneer of ALB development, Fugro has a solid track record in applying this advanced technology for mapping shallow water environments safely and cost- effectively,” commented Paul Seaton, Fugro’s Regional Business Development Manager for Asia Pacific. The surveys in deeper waters will be performed by vessel and Fugro will also conduct a comprehensive tides campaign throughout the survey area.

The contracts are part of the Asian Development Bank-funded Maritime Waterways Safety Project that aims to improve the safety and efficiency of the country’s international and national shipping in coastal areas and waterways. By improving the maritime environment and making coastal shipping safer, the project will facilitate travel, trade and tourism for rural communities.


Fugro is the world’s leading, independent provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions. Fugro acquires and analyses data on topography and the subsurface, soil composition, meteorological and environmental conditions, and provides related advice. With its geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions Fugro supports the safe, efficient and sustainable development and operation of buildings, industrial facilities and infrastructure and the exploration and development of natural resources.

Fugro works around the globe, predominantly in energy and infrastructure markets offshore and onshore, employing approximately 10,500 people in around 60 countries. In 2016, revenue amounted to EUR 1.8 billion. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.


The National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) was established by an Act of Parliament in 2003. Its purpose is to regulate maritime safety standards, coordinate search and rescue operations and control ship source marine pollution in PNG waters.

The NMSA strives to undertake the Government’s regulatory functions and meet the expectations of the shipping industry, its customers and coastal communities for a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible shipping sector; this is crucial for the long term social and economic development of Papua New Guinea.



The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established in 1966 and headquartered in Manila, Philippines. The ADB maintains 31 field offices around the world to promote social and economic development in Asia.


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