Hydrographic Survey Equipment Market Scenario
Hydrographic Survey Equipment Market is projected to reach USD 3,760 Million by 2028 and register a CAGR of 5.41 %. Hydrographic survey is the science of measurement and description of factors that affect dredging, offshore oil exploration/offshore oil drilling, maritime navigation, marine construction, and related activities. It emphasizes on soundings, shorelines, tides, currents, seabed, and submerged obstructions that relate to the previously mentioned activities.
The Hydrographic Survey Equipment Market is expected to register significant growth during the forecast period owing to factors such as increasing maritime trade and demand for accurate nautical charts. Furthermore, the growing use of UUVs and USVs to conduct hydrographic and oil & gas surveys is also expected to drive the market growth. Additionally, many countries across the world are increasingly adopting hydrographic survey vessels to create nautical charts, which is projected to fuel the growth of the Hydrographic Survey Equipment Market. For example, The Royal New Zealand Navy recently adopted a hydrographic vessel, HMNZS Manawanui, at Devonport Naval Base. The ship can perform operations such as underwater search and recovery, disaster relief, explosives disposal, and limited mine countermeasures.
However, factors including stringent regulations implemented by government authorities for the execution of hydrographic surveys, the high investment cost, as well as the lack of technical expertise in undertaking hydrographic surveys is expected to hinder the market growth.
Increasing investments in autonomous vessels with advanced technologies are expected to drive the growth of the Hydrographic Survey Equipment Market.
Hydrographic Survey Equipment Market Drivers
- Increasing Maritime Trade
- A Rise in the Demand for Accurate Nautical Charts
- Increasing Use of UUVs and USVs: The use of UUVs and USVs for conducting hydrographic and oil & gas surveys is increasing.
- Issues Related to Stringent Regulations Implemented by Government Authorities
- Cost and Time Inefficiency
Hydrographic Survey Equipment Market Segmentation
- Sensing Systems: The segment dominated the Hydrographic Survey Equipment Market in 2019 owing to the increasing marine trade activities in developing economies. Furthermore, to offer enhanced maritime security and maintain safe trade activities between countries, various sensing systems are used at the shore, which is expected to increase the demand for the segment.
- Positioning Systems: The segment is expected to grow owing to the increasing need for accurate nautical charts.
- Subsea Sensors: Hydrographic survey accurately examines the topography of the seafloor and identifies anchoring zones and optimum routes, which is expected to increase the demand for subsea sensors.
- Software: Software offers benefits such as ease of implementation, accuracy, and reduced ownership cost, thus driving the growth of the segment.
- Unmanned Vehicles: The unmanned vehicles segment is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. There is an increased demand for unmanned vehicles from the commercial sector. These vehicles find applications in deepwater exploration and production activities, drilling support and pipeline inspection, and hydrographic surveys, which is expected to drive the growth of this segment.
- Shallow Water: The segment dominated the global market in 2019. The shallow water basins in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East are expected to play a vital role in driving the hydrographic survey equipment market.
- Deep Water: The segment is expected to grow due to the increasing demand for unmanned vehicles from the commercial sector. Unmanned vehicles find applications in deepwater exploration and production activities.
- Hydrographic Charting: Nautical and hydrographic maps ensure secure navigation. This is becoming increasingly essential owing to the rise in commercial shipping, recreational boating, as well as fishing activities, which will drive the hydrographic charting segment.
- Offshore Oil & Gas Survey: The segment dominated the market in 2019 and is expected to record the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Increasing investments in offshore oil & gas exploration activities by emerging economies, such as India, China, South Korea, and Brazil, are driving the growth of the segment.
- Port & Harbor Management: Port management involves the supervision of the shipping industry's various components for efficient and organized operations. Ports include warehouses, vessels, and freight and loading docks. The increasing development of new ports in the Middle East is also expected to drive the growth of the segment.
- Coastal Engineering: Coastal technology is used in the study of the coastal processes, such as corrosion, abrasion, hydraulic action, and shore-based construction. It also includes civil engineering, oceanography, marine geology elements, which are mostly aimed at providing access to navigation.
- Commercial: The commercial segment dominated this market and is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growing demand due to dredging operations, oil & gas exploration, pipeline & cable laying, drilling activities, and offshore surveys, by commercial companies is expected to drive this segment.
- Research: Increasing initiatives undertaken by government bodies to provide enhanced survey equipment is expected to drive the growth of the segment. Hydrographic survey equipment offers benefits such as accuracy, ease of implementation, and improved scheduling that provide various opportunities to the research segment, which will drive the segment during the forecast period.
- Defense: The increasing adoption of hydrographic survey equipment by various countries to offer enhanced safety to the military forces is projected to fuel the growth of the segment during the review period.
- North America: North America dominated the global hydrographic survey equipment market in 2019 due to the presence of prominent technology companies such as Teledyne Technologies Inc. and Mitcham Industries Inc.
- Europe: The presence of prominent hydrographic survey equipment providers such as the Innomar Technologie GmbH and Ixblue SAS is expected to drive the market growth in the region.
- Asia-Pacific: The Hydrographic Survey Equipment Market in this region is projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growing maritime trade among developing countries such as India and China is driving the market growth in the region.
- Middle East & Africa: Increasing investments by prominent oil & gas companies in hydrographic survey equipment is expected to drive the market growth in the region.
- Latin America: The increasing number of deepwater operations in countries such as Brazil and Mexico are expected to increase the demand for hydrographic survey equipment in the region.
Hydrographic Survey Equipment Market Key Players
- Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (Norway)
- Chesapeake Technology (US)
- EdgeTech (US)
- Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) (US)
- Innomar Technologie GmbH (Germany)
- Ixblue SAS (France)
- Mitcham Industries Inc. (US)
- Saab AB (Sweden)
- Sonardyne International Ltd. (UK)
- Ixblue SAS (France)
Other Prominent Players
- Syqwest Inc. (US)
- Teledyne Technologies Inc. (US)
- Tritech International Ltd. (UK)
- Valeport Ltd. (UK)
- Xylem, Inc. (US)
- Moog Inc. (US)
- Seafloor Systems Inc. (US)
- Raytheon Technologies Corporation (US)
- Thales Group (France)
- ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH (Germany)