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Rapid Assessment Survey Using Side Scan Sonar: International Obligations and Role of Hydrography in Ensuring Safety of Navigation – Case Study of the Aftermath of MV X- Press Pearl Incident

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A. N. D Perera ,

Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Department of Surveying and Geodesy,  Faculty of Geomatics

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M. D. E. K. Gunathilaka

Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, LK
About M. D. E. K.
Department of Surveying and Geodesy, Faculty of Geomatics
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Abstract


The International Maritime Organization (IMO) was established in 1948 as a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). They provide international standards on the safety, security, and environmental performance of ships involved in international trade. International shipping is effective only if the regulations and standards are agreed upon, adopted and implemented on an international basis. IMO Instruments Implementation Code (III code) is one such attempt where it looks into states’ capacities of implementing obligations. Here, we present in what way the hydrographic rapid assessment survey support the above obligation of ensuring safety of navigation for ships visiting Colombo Port in the aftermath of MV X-Press Pearl accident in West coast of Sri Lanka. The comprehensive Side Scan Sonar (SSS) survey that was conducted over the area found some of the fallen containers and debris lying on the seabed. Due to the extent and the nature of the incident, and due to the ocean current dynamics, a larger area had to be investigated and a number of relevant agencies in the maritime field were involved. As a country, the responsible authorities have taken timely actions to disseminate the safety related information to the mariners and subsequent measures were taken to update the relevant nautical charts by conducting necessary systematic hydrographic surveys to fulfill the obligations of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea ( SOLAS) of IMO. 

How to Cite: Perera, A.N.D. and Gunathilaka, M.D.E.K., 2022. Rapid Assessment Survey Using Side Scan Sonar: International Obligations and Role of Hydrography in Ensuring Safety of Navigation – Case Study of the Aftermath of MV X- Press Pearl Incident. Journal of Geospatial Surveying, 2(1), pp.7–10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jgs.v2i1.35
Published on 30 Apr 2022.
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