Reach Subsea Australia: Awarded First Survey Project under Renewed HIPP Deed 

Reach Subsea Australia, is proud to announce the award of the first project under the renewed Hydroscheme Industry Partnership Panel (HIPP) deed. This prestigious project will cover the Cape Fourcroy region in the North-West of Australia.

Cape Fourcroy Survey Details 

The survey will cover one area within the Timor Sea, west of Bathurst Island, extending from Shepparton Shoal towards the Oceanic Shoals Marine Park. This region forms the north-western approaches to Darwin, an area of significant international shipping traffic. The survey area adjoins SI 1043 to the south and previous MBES RAN surveys to the east and south-east. 

The majority of this 740 NM2 area has not been systematically surveyed and is largely classified as Zone of Confidence (ZOC) C, with historical data derived from National Mapping Surveys conducted in 1990, passage sounding data, and limited shoal investigations. Depth anomalies are therefore anticipated. 

Project Timeline 

Planning is currently underway, with the survey set to commence in early June 2024. The project is expected to take approximately 110 days to complete. 

Vessel Deployment 

This survey will be the first project for our newly chartered vessel, Offshore Surveyor. Chartered on a bareboat basis for a firm period of three years with options for two additional one-year extensions, Offshore Surveyor is a 34-meter aluminium monohull equipped with a moonpool and a 15T rated A-Frame. 

Leadership and Strategic Vision 

Steve Duffield, Regional Director Australia

Steve Duffield, the newly appointed Regional Director, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “We are excited to be awarded the first project under the renewed HIPP deed, especially after successfully completing the last project of the previous HIPP. Bringing Offshore Surveyor in-house has been an excellent decision, providing us with greater control over future plans

Steve Duffield, Regional Director Australia

I am thrilled to see our recently acquired Guardian Geomatics thriving with such prestigious projects, affirming our strong presence and qualifications in the Australian region. We look forward to furthering this success as we join forces and pursue our shared ambitions for regional development

Jostein Alendal, CEO

About HIPP 

The Hydroscheme Industry Partnership Panel (HIPP) is an initiative by the Australian Government to outsource hydrographic survey activities, ensuring comprehensive and up-to-date maritime data for safe navigation and marine management. 

Reach Subsea look forward to contributing to the enhancement of maritime safety and navigational accuracy through this significant survey project.