Good Practice Guidelines for Hydrographic Surveys in NZ Ports and Harbours

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Maritime New Zealand were updating guidelines on how hydrographic surveys are conducted.

Hydrographic surveys are critical for the safe passage of ships in ports and harbours. Since 2004, when the previous guidelines were published, the maritime environment has seen significant changes.

  • Vessels have increased in size
  • The use of electronic navigation requires highly accurate data
  • The tools for conducting hydrographic surveys have improved and methodologies have changed significantly.

Why we wanted your views

The review aimed to:

  • provide good practice advice on the commissioning, standards, and delivery of hydrographic surveys
  • outline the roles and obligations on agencies in the collection, accuracy, storage, and sharing of hydrographic information.

The proposed guidelines support the standards set out in the New Zealand Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code.

Your feedback was to help us confirm the guidelines were fit for purpose.

This consultation closed at 5pm Friday 20 March 2020.