The Indian Navy is shoring up its hydrographic facilities by acquiring six new survey ships, even as the force continues to provide its services to neighbours in the Indian Ocean region.
Ahead of an international seminar on hydrography starting here on March 1, the country's Chief Hydrographer Vice Admiral B.R. Rao said these ships being built at Indian yards would be equipped with the latest maps and advanced equipment.
Its fleet strength will go up to 12 from 8 by 2014, after de-induction of two ageing ships.
The Dehradun-based National Hydrographic Office is tasked to prepare nautical charts for seas in its region. The office is now in the process of preparing electronic navigational charts moving away from traditional paper-based material.
The move, in line with international requirements, would earn revenue.
The electronic charts have a validity period beyond which they have to be re-purchased. This is unlike the paper charts that cost depending on data, but could be physically passed around. Though the electronic charts are priced higher, they can be obtained through web-based applications.
Source: The Hindu