Riyadh, 21/5/1442 H, according to January 05, 2021 AD, SPA
The General Authority for Survey and Geospatial Information (GASGI), in cooperation with the relevant authorities, covered all Saudi waters in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba with the work of marine surveys, within the framework of the authority's mission in building and developing the geospatial infrastructure.
Marine databases were prepared and a number of nautical navigational maps, paper and electronic, were produced with different drawing scales in accordance with the specifications and requirements of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). A number of coastal zone maps were also produced which are used for planning and development purposes in coastal areas and islands.
The Director General of Hydrography at the GASGI, Saud Ibn Hammoud Al-Otaibi, explained that the (hydrographic) survey is a branch of applied science that deals with measuring and describing the natural characteristics of oceans, seas, coastal areas, lakes and rivers in addition to studying the expected changes over time. It is considered one of the basic and important elements in achieving the safety of maritime navigation, protecting lives and property, and supporting all other marine activities, including business and projects in the fields of development, economy, security, defense, tourism, marine research and protection of the marine environment.
He indicated that the authority has also established a national network of tide measurement stations for (12) stations, seven of which are on the coast of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, and five stations on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, as these stations work to measure tide data, analyse and process this data, save it and index it in Its marine database, and the issuance of tide tables annually, and through that data many marine publications such as tidal currents tables and tide tables are distributed to the relevant authorities to benefit from them in their various and activities.
Al-Otaibi explained that the authority owns the Hydrography ship (Sultan), which is a ship equipped with the latest equipment, equipment, programs and crews trained and qualified for (hydrographic) work in deep marine areas, and the boats of this ship also survey shallow areas and collect data and then process, analyse and produce Data and marine maps of all kinds.
He pointed out that it is hoped that these works and projects will have a positive impact on the safety of maritime navigation, the increase in maritime trade and the optimal investment opportunities for the marine sites that characterize the Kingdom of beaches, islands, coral reefs, sites for marine sports and various tourist activities.