Fugro to Acquire Data for Canadian UNCLOS Claim


Fugro’s Canadian affiliate, Fugro Jacques GeoSurveys Inc., recently won a $2 million contract to conduct marine data acquisition in support of Canada’s claim under the United Nations Convention on the Law Of the Sea (UNCLOS). This work is being conducted under the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

Survey work presently planned extends over the Eastern Canadian Continental Slope, off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the South Labrador Sea, within water depths ranging from 200 to 5,000 meters. Fugro Jacques Geosurveys will use a deepwater multibeam echo sounder system to acquire regularly spaced bathymetric profiles, with a particular emphasis on defining the 2,500-meter bathymetric contour, as well as the “foot of the slope,” as required under UNCLOS Article 76.

The data set will be integrated with future geophysical surveys (to evaluate sediment thickness and crustal boundaries) to substantiate Canada’s claim before the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). Bathymetric data will be processed offshore, and in Fugro Jacques’ St. John’ s facilities, in consultation with staff from the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS).