Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Maritime New Zealand are updating guidelines on how hydrographic surveys are conducted. Feedback is being sought to confirm the guidelines are fit for purpose.

Background

Hydrographic surveys are critical for the safe passage of ships in ports and harbours. Since 2004, when the previous guidelines were published, the maritime environment has seen significant changes.

  • Vessels have increased in size
  • The use of electronic navigation requires highly accurate data
  • The tools for conducting hydrographic surveys have improved and methodologies have changed significantly.

Aim

LINZ and Maritime New Zealand are updating guidelines on how hydrographic surveys are conducted within NZ ports and harbours.

The review aims to:

  • provide good practice advice on the commissioning, standards, and delivery of hydrographic surveys
  • outline the roles and obligations on agencies in the collection, accuracy, storage, and sharing of hydrographic information.

The proposed guidelines support the standards set out in the New Zealand Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code.

Your feedback will help us confirm the guidelines are fit for purpose.

Feedback

To provide feedback please:

  1. Use the online submission form (you can access the draft guidelines via this page) or
  2. Download the draft guidelines from the Maritime NZ website and email written feedback to david.mulholland@maritimenz.govt.nz

It would be helpful if written feedback:

  • refers to the section number in this document where possible; and
  • includes the reason behind your comments, possibly through providing an example.

If you have any questions, please contact David Mulholland at david.mulholland@maritimenz.govt.nz

This consultation closes at 5pm Friday 20 March 2020.

Last Updated: 10 February 2020