Royal Navy's new ice-breaker deploys to Antarctica

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  2. Just read that the ship charts the Antartic region for the Hydrographic Office and on visiting their site, they say they supply 80% of the worlds maritime charts.

    Is that a nice little earner for HM Govt?
  3. From: Information Fair Trader Scheme Report UK Hydrographic Office April 2011

    <<...9. Income from all commercial sales, including sales of paper charts and publications, digital products and data licensing are grouped in UKHO‟s annual reports for reasons of commercial sensitivity.

    The figures are not publicly available divided between these segments. In 2009-2010 this combined income totalled £116,618,000 (compared to £108,309,000 in 2008-2009).

    Of this increase, £1,446,000 was attributable to the sale of the subsidiary company SeaZone Ltd*. The establishment of SeaZone as a joint venture company in April 2004 was noted at the 2007 re-verification. SeaZone was sold in March 2010 and is not considered as part of this IFTS re-verification...>>

    How this 'little earner' compares with the cost of running the Survey Navy/UK Hydrographic Office would be much harder to establish, but hey ho, every little helps...

    *SeaZone Solutions - Marine Geographic Information Solutions from Instrument to Desktop NB Seazone lists both Central and Local Government among it's customers so the 'Exp Vs. Income' plot thickens even further.:slow:
  4. Levers_Aligned

    Levers_Aligned War Hero Moderator

    Having Protector there reaffirms our 'presence' in the region and underlines ourinput into the various treaties and agreements therein, both internationally and commercially. It also enables us to sell, at quite a tidy profit, all the three dimensional, multi-beam sonar scans of the seabed (which are mightily impressive, let me tell you). Quite why you'd want such detail of the seabed of such a remote location if not to park a long black object on it is anyone's guess. Y'knaa ...

  5. Our oil pipeline from Antartica to Plymouth? :)

    Seriously, if they average £100+ million a year income, you could construct and run a small fleet of hydrographic ships out with that and you'd have all your maps made for free.

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