Napier Port and Toitū Te Whenua LINZ receive Hydrographic Excellence Award
Last week, we were thrilled to receive the 2022 Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) Hydrographic Excellence Award for our Next Generation Charting for Napier Port project alongside our project partner Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand at the NZ Spatial Excellence Awards in Wellington. The Hydrographic Excellence Award recognises those individuals or teams working across the various hydrographic disciplines who have made an outstanding contribution to the science of hydrography and industry best practice.
As part of our major Te Whiti 6 Wharf construction project, our Napier Port marine pilots and 6 Wharf Project team worked closely with Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand to develop New Zealand’s first official High Density Electronic Navigation Chart (hdENC).
Napier Port’s GM Assets and Infrastructure and 6 Wharf Project Lead, Michel de Vos, said “This project is another great example of Napier Port’s strategic focus on building collaborative partnerships and embracing technology in order to enhance safety and port operations. It was great to work with LINZ on this project – it was certainly valuable learning more about each other’s business and we look forward to future collaborations.”
“I want to say a big thanks to our 6 Wharf Project Team and our marine pilots for their outstanding work. This project is the first of its kind in New Zealand and was delivered in time for the commissioning of our new Ti Whiti wharf, which itself was built ahead of schedule.”
The new hdENC provides much greater detail for our pilots to safely navigate the realigned Napier Port pilotage area, which enhances the safety of navigation and expands the range of weather and tidal conditions in which safe navigation may be conducted.
The foundation of this chart is a high density multibeam survey that was undertaken by Heron Construction Company Ltd. after the completion of the capital and maintenance dredging campaigns earlier this year. This chart encompasses all of the changes to the port’s pilotage area during the 6 Wharf construction project, including 17 changes to our navigation lights, buoys and beacons.
The Hydrographic Excellence Award judges believe the Next Generation Charting for Napier Port project demonstrates a high level of innovation and technical expertise. This collaboration has resulted in an increased awareness of hydrographic practices and end user product requirements and has ultimately improved the safety of navigation in the region.
Be sure to watch the video below that we produced earlier this year (before the completion of Te Whiti) highlighting the pilotage area changes and some of the new Cavotec MoorMaster infrastructure on Te Whiti.
Marine Pilotage Area and Wharf MoorMaster Infrastructure milestone video
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