Indian Navy in collaboration with its Sri Lankan counterpart has successfully completed the second phase of the joint oceanographic survey conducted off the South Western Coast of Sri Lanka. The survey commenced on 26 October with the arrival of Indian Naval Ship Sutlej in Sri Lanka.
The Indian side 19 December 2017 handed over the survey charts to the Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy. A statement by of island nation Navy said the aim of the joint survey was to update all the navigational charts covering the southern Sri Lankan waters with the latest hydrographic data.
The survey extended to a depth contour of 200 m from the coastline, ranging from Colombo to Galle. The move is expected to benefit the international shipping traffic passing the southern coast of Sri Lanka and will pave the way for the blue economy. The first phase of the survey was conducted from 29 March to 11 May this year and the third phase is scheduled to be carried out next year