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LINZ and Napier Port have been awarded the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute’s Hydrography Excellence Award for 2022 for the ‘Next Generation Charting for Napier Port’ project.

The project won the award for its high level of innovation and technical expertise, and for its significant contribution to the hydrography industry.

Beginning in early 2021, the project created New Zealand’s first official High Density Electronic Navigational Chart. Published in June 2022, the new high-density chart provides much greater detail than a standard navigational chart. This detail enhances the safety of navigation in and around Napier Port, as well as expanding the range of weather and tidal conditions in which safe navigation may be conducted.

“Our successful collaboration with Napier Port on this work has resulted in improved navigational safety at the port, as well as establishing an end-to-end process for future charting products nationally” says Adam Greenland, National Hydrographer.

“We are so thrilled our project was recognised with this prestigious award.”

The award was announced at the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards in Wellington on 3 November 2022. Representatives from Toitū Te Whenua LINZ and Napier Port received the award.

Representatives from Toitū Te Whenua LINZ and Napier Port receiving award

Marvin Espino, Toitū Te Whenua LINZ Senior Nautical Cartographer, and Matthew June, Port of Napier GIS/CAD Technician, jointly accept the SSSI Hydrography Excellence Award.

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