Denmark fails to deliver nautical charts

Denmark fails to deliver nautical charts

18-02-2019 10:00:00

Denmark has failed to deliver on a 10 year old promise of creating 73 new digital nautical charts of the Southwest Greenland waters by the end 2018. At this point, only 34 nautical charts have been made, and it could be up to 7 years before the lasts charts are ready.

“The project keeps prolonging, and to me that is not acceptable” says member of the Social Democrats, Karin Gaarsted, to Danish newspaper Politikken. She is afraid that the increasing traffic along Greenlands coasts can lead to accidents.

“I am especially worry on behalf of the cruise ships that sail along icebergs and fjords where no one has been before. This is just not the same as sailing in the Fjord of Randers” says Karin Gaarsted.

Along with other members of the Danish Parliaments Greenland Comitee, he is now demanding that the government explores the possibility of brining in private companies to help with the task of mapping areas of the Southern part of Greenland waters, so that the remaining nautical charts can be delivered faster

Back in 2013, the national audit agency Rigsrevisionen made the Danish Geodata Agency – who are in charge of producing the digital nautical charts – aware that they had to pick up the pace in order to stay on schedule.

Things went sour two years later when the government chose to move the Danish Geodata Agency to Aalborg. 14 of 15 of the agency's employers decided to quit their jobs due to the recolation to Aalborg, which meant that the agency’s job was put on hold.

The Danish Geodata Agency is not expected to have access to the competencies that enable the Agency to do the task before the end of next year.

Source: Politiken / Maritime Danmark

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