- Hydrographic Service
- About Hydrographic Service
The Royal Netherlands Navy possesses 2 hydrographic survey vessels. These ships collect information at sea which the Hydrographic Service uses to make sea charts. These ships can be operated efficiently, using a 3-crew rotation system which ensures that the vessels can be deployed optimally.
The main task of the hydrographic survey vessels is conducting hydrographic surveys for civilian and military purposes. This means charting changes to shipping lanes and the seabed. The Royal Netherlands Navy does this in the Dutch sector of the continental shelf and in the waters surrounding the islands of Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
The hydrographic survey vessels in service with the Royal Netherlands Navy are HNLMS Luymes and HNLMS Snellius. These ships were designed and finished in the Netherlands.