Chief of Navy staff gives message on world hydrography day 2021

The Nation  |  Jun 20, 2021

Pakistan, like other coastal states, is responsible for hydrographic surveys and production of nautical charts/ maps of its waters to provide accurate nautical information to the mariners. Pertaining to this matter, Pakistan Navy Force celebrated World Hydrography Day.

On behalf of Pakistan, the Pakistan Navy Hydrographic Department (PNHD) fulfilled this international obligation. Pakistan is blessed with over 1000 kms of coastline along with 240,000 Sq kms of sea area within its EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone).

In 2015, PNHD along with other relevant national organizations played a vital role in approval of an additional sea area of 50.000 Sq kms by the relevant UN commission.

One of the PNHD's main achievements is completion of coastal surveys and charting of the complete coast of Pakistan. This process spanned over decades. The department has significantly contributed towards development of national ports and other maritime infrastructure all along the coast.

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In 2019, a new survey ship 'PNS BEHR MASAH' with latest research equipment was inducted in PN, which has significantly enhanced the national surveying capability.

The inducted technology shall also be utilized to support CPEC related infrastructure on the coast and to ensure that the maritime component of CPEC remains navigationally safe.

Pakistan Navy celebrates this day every year to underscore the importance of hydrography towards its share in all marine and maritime related activities which are eventually contributing significantly towards our national economy. 

He said, “I urge all the maritime stakeholders to join efforts in promoting awareness regarding the importance of hydrography and its related activities.”

The same would strongly contribute towards sustainable seas and growth of the national economy through enhanced trade and utilization of marine resources. 

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