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Hydrographic Survey Vessel PNS Behr Paima

The Survey Vessel BEHR PAIMA is a hydrographic-cum oceanographic survey vessel of Japanese origin. Her keel was laid on 16 February and was launched on 7 July 1982. The vessel was commissioned into the Pakistan Navy on December 17, 1982. The ship was handed over to Pakistan on 27 December, same year.

The ship was equipped with most modern surveying systems of different origins available at that time. The hydrographic systems have been replaced from time to time and hence are parallel with modern trends and techniques available in the world. Most of the oceanographic equipments are however, of the original outfit.

SV Behr Paima is a hydrographic-cum oceanographic research vessel fitted with modern equipment and sensors to conduct hydrographic surveys and oceanographic research. The ship has three laboratories equipped with differential GPS, microwave positioning and surveying systems, Deso 20/22 echo sounders and computers for data logging and processing. In addition the ship has oceanographic and geophysical instruments on board to conduct scientific research. The ship has two survey motor boats equipped with electronic positioning and data logging systems to facilitate survey of shallow/inshore waters.

The ship, since induction, has carried-out extensive survey operations and all coastal area has been surveyed on different scales. Pakistanís southeastern sea front comprised of Indus delta creeks which have been partially surveyed, however, sea area west and south of Karachi has been thoroughly surveyed. Ship has conducted frequent surveys of Jinnah Naval Base channel and basin. Construction of JNB was based on the data collected by the ship. Pakistanís deep water port at Gwadar was also planned based on data rendered by the ship. The corresponding series of charts on different scales have been published for the entire coast of Pakistan based on ships surveyed data. The ship has also conducted dredging surveys, wreck search, north markings, tidal data collections, and detached surveys etc.

Pakistan Navy Hydrographic Department as a National Hydrographic Organization is primarily responsible for conducting hydrographic surveys of coastal and offshore waters of Pakistan and publishing nautical charts and relevant publications. Pakistan is an active member of International Organizations, such as IHO and IMO who are dealing with subjects related to Hydrography, Oceanography and safety of life at sea. As a member of IHO, we are obliged to maintain a high standard of performance in the hydrographic service.


Propulsion Power 2 diesels
2 shafts
Speed ~ 14 knots
Displacement ~ 1400 tons full load
Complement 84

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