DML deployed TRANQUIL IMAGE to Southland in January 2022 to undertake fieldwork for the Land Information New Zealand (LINZ, https://www.linz.govt.nz/sea ) Bluff and Stewart Island Hydrographic Survey (HS69).
The Foveaux Straight is a notoriously rough stretch of water, however the survey team were pleasantly surprised with a great run of weather experienced over the summer months. Some amazing seafloor sand wave features were detected during the survey caused by the strong currents through the straight.
Jennifer Coppola from LINZ joined the DML team on board TRANQUIL IMAGE for the mobilisation and initial tides and geodetics phase of HS69. Along with installing and calibrating tide gauges the team got an opportunity to see some of the amazing local wildlife, not all of which was cute and friendly!