Bathymetric mapping in 2023
Published: 14.03.2023 Updated: 21.03.2023
In 2023, the MAREANO programme will place emphasis on the North Sea. There is a need for marine knowledge linked to the new marine industries – such as offshore wind and offshore aquaculture – and the particularly valuable and vulnerable areas (SVO) proposed in the North Sea.
The contract comprises an area of 2887 km2. The bathymetric mapping will be conducted by Fugro Germany Marine GmbH in June–July 2023.
The open invitation to tender for the procurement of bathymetry data acquisition and processing and light seismic for the MAREANO programme, was published December 2022. The contract has a value of 17,5 million NOK.
I addition, MS «Hydrograf» will survey an area of 2693 km2 inside the territorial boarder in the Norwegian Trench. MS «Hydrograf» is owned by the Norwegian Mapping Authority, Hydrographic Service.
The Barents Sea
An area of 3169 km2 on the Spitsbergen Bank and Hopendjupet in the Barents Sea, will be surveyed by the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). The bathymetric mapping will be conducted by the FFI's research vessel MS «H.U. Sverdrup II» in August–September 2023.