At Sea

A long overdue project to modernize hydrographic maps of the sea around Sri Lanka has been bogged down for more than a year, after the research ship used in the venture was caught and destroyed in the December 26th tsunami. A long overdue project to modernize hydrographic maps of the sea around Sri Lanka has been bogged down for more than a year, after the research ship used in the venture was caught and destroyed in the December 26th tsunami. Though Sri Lanka has been pledged several billion dollars after the tsunami, no money has been allocated to replace the ship.

Sri Lanka is still using nautical charts more than a century old, made during British times an official of the National Hydrographical Office said.

Though these charts need to be revised from time to time, no comprehensive revision has been done up to now.

Hoping to remedy this deficiency, the National Aquatic Resources Agency set out to formulate 32 hydrographic maps of Sri Lanka by launching the National Hydrographic Survey in 1997.

NARA’s National Hydrographic Office says that 10 nautical charts have been completed by now.

But since the tsunami damaged the ship which was used for these charting activities, the project has foundered.