The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it has concluded plans to update hydrographic data and information on the nation’s navigable channels.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday in Lagos by the Assistant General Manager (Public Affairs) in NPA, Mr Musa Ilya,
Hydrographic helps to obtain data or information for compilation of nautical charts for safe navigation.
It is also used for measuring water depth mostly in coastal zones.
NPA said that the update would be carried out in collaboration with the U.K. Hydrographic Office (UKHO).
According to the statement, UKHO collects data on maritime boundaries and seaport channels across the world and produces charts to assist ships in their navigation.
The NPA said that both organisations had held “preliminary meetings and contacts to implement the plan”.
The statement said that an update of the nation’s hydrographic chart would capture recent strides and efforts by the Federal Government and private operators in the maritime industry.
It said that it was regrettable that recent progress reports on the improvement of draught of the nation’s channels were not noticed.
“It is sad that improvement of draught and innovations by the private sector in the development of deep seaports were not noticed by the international maritime community because they are not captured in recent hydrographic charts,” it said.
It quoted Rear Admiral Tom Karston, Head of the UKHO, as saying that the collaboration would further boost long- term port development plans and proposals between both countries. (NAN)