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Haitians gain NOAA experience, assist with Delaware River chart update survey
Matthieu Polyte and Frenold Cheristin, from Maritime and Navigation Haiti, with NOAA Lt.j.g. Andrew Clos, assist with Bay Hydro II hydrographic surveys for chart updates.
Matthieu Polyte and Frenold Cheristin, from Maritime and Navigation Haiti, with NOAA Lt.j.g. Andrew Clos, assist with Bay Hydro II hydrographic surveys for chart updates.

The Office of Coast Survey continues its decades of tradition in providing expertise and consultation to hydrographic offices from around the world. This month, two colleagues from Maritime and Navigation Haiti (SEMANAH) spent almost three weeks onboard Coast Survey research vessel Bay Hydro II, going through a discrete hydrographic project to gain insights into operational planning as well as survey data acquisition, processing, and quality control.

While our Haitian colleagues gained experience in NOAA protocols, they also assisted in a survey project requested by the Pilots' Association for the Bay & River Delaware. The pilots requested a hydrographic survey in the Delaware River, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge, where increasingly large container vessels need updated navigational charts to maneuver to their berths and within a nearby anchorage area.

Haiti’s Matthieu Polyte and Frenold Cheristin joined Bay Hydro II’s acting operator-in-charge Robert Mowery,  NOAA Lt. j.g. Andrew Clos, and NOAA contractor Matthew Carter, as they acquired bathymetry and identified seafloor features and bottom characteristics to update NOAA chart 12313 (Philadelphia and Camden Waterfronts), and NOAA ENC® US5PA12M. They also reviewed pertinent sections of the United States Coast Pilot, Volume 3, Atlantic Coast: Sandy Hook NJ to Cape Henry VA for accuracy.

Coast Survey participates in various “capacity building projects,” especially with nations in the Mesoamerica region, to increase hydrographic collaboration for navigational safety.  This month’s project is intended to impart information that will help strengthen Haiti’s hydrographic program.

October 27, 2015

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