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Plumbing the Depths: Hydrographic Concerns for Modern-Day Large Vessels


Marsh calls for a higher priority to be given to hydrographic survey work to protect mega-ships at sea.

With the Suez Canal Axis now open and the expanded Panama Canal system soon to be complete, more and more mega-ships will soon be navigating parts of the world that have never seen so many large vessels before.

In the new research and briefing report: Plumbing the Depths: Hydrographic Concerns for Modern-Day Large Vessels, we take a look at the lack of adequately hydrographically surveyed waters internationally and the implications this could have for these new mega-ships.

With assistance from international bodies, such as the International Hydrographic Organization, and major towage companies, we look at the current international obligations in place for mapping the seabed to modern standards and what inter-governmental agreement needs to be reached to take responsibility for mapping international waters. Marsh makes an appeal to governments to act before a major incident happens out at sea due to inaccurate charts.