In agreement: Left, Helen Snaith, Head of Seabed 2030 Global Center, British Oceanographic Data Centre, National Oceanography Centre, UK. Center, Evert Flier, International Coordinator, Norwegian Hydrographic Service and Member of GEBCO Guiding Committee that oversees the Seabed 2030 project. Right, Rob Adams, SVP New Ventures in PGS. Evert brought the two parties together.
From 2020, all vessels in the PGS fleet will share bathymetry information collected using echo sounders with The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project. The project aims to map the entire ocean floor by the year 2030.
The bathymetric data will support Seabed 2030's crowdsourced bathymetry initiative – benefitting seafarers in the form of updated and more accurate sea charts.
An agreement to this effect was signed between PGS and Seabed 2030 during the Sustainable Ocean Summit in Paris, held from 20th - 22nd November 2019.
Contributing to Seabed 2030 is a perfect fit with PGS' global data-sharing initiative and in line with the Company's corporate responsibility commitment to be a responsible user of the world's oceans.
"For us, it makes perfect sense to support Seabed 2030. In PGS, safety comes first and what could be better than to share data we already have to improve the safety of all seafarers, including our own," according to Rob Adams, Senior Vice President, New Ventures.
"We are delighted to have PGS as an official partner to Seabed 2030," commented Dr. Graham Allen, former Acting Director, Seabed 2030. "We believe that the agreement between us will make a sustainable contribution to Seabed 2030, which has already mapped 15% of the ocean floor, doubling its coverage from the 6.4% mapped in 2014."
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