NAPLES, Italy — Results of the six-week-long U.S. Navy hydrographic survey of Tema were delivered to representatives of the Ghana Navy and Ports and Harbors Authority Jan. 24.
The survey work is part of the larger U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa effort throughout the Gulf of Guinea region to improve maritime security and safety.
"This information will have an immediate impact on maritime safety and serves as another example of how our two navies are working well together," said Navy Rear Adm. Phil Greene, director of strategy and policy for Naval Forces Europe-Africa, who will present the information at a ceremony in Tema. "This type of collaboration is another example of our commitment to confront important regional maritime safety and security challenges together."
While in Ghana, the teams surveyed harbors and harbor approaches to update navigation charts with a mission to collect hydrographic information in order to produce a product that enables mariners to navigate safely in and out of ports. A field chart is the final product from a hydrographic survey that has newly collected bathymetry [depths] and updated positions for aids to navigation. Aside from the navigation benefits this process promotes the sharing of resources and data in order to establish and build future relations.
These charts will be provided to the local hydrographers as a means of increasing maritime domain awareness in the region and strengthening partnerships.
The surveys were conducted to benefit the host nation to reduce the risk of groundings and accidents such as capsizes and groundings. A second fleet survey team continues to survey the ports of Sekondi and Takoradi and will present their results once complete.