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ADVANCED SEISMIC TECHNOLOGY

WesternGeco Awarded Contract

ExxonMobil Exploration has awarded WesternGeco a multiproject Q-Marine contract to cover three ExxonMobil assets in West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, and the North Sea. Q is the WesternGeco proprietary suite of advanced seismic technologies for enhanced reservoir location, description, and management. The surveys will be conducted by the Geco Topaz and the Western Neptune, two of the four WesternGeco Q-Technology vessels. The North Sea and Gulf of Mexico surveys are underway, with the West Africa survey scheduled for later in the year.


Alewijnse to Refit Seismic Vessel Polarcus Naila

Polarcus Naila

Systems integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems has been awarded the contract for the full electrical refit of the seismic vessel Polarcus Naila. The ultra-modern, 12 streamer 3D/4D seismic vessel will arrive in February 2014 at the Damen-owned yard Shipdock Amsterdam for a refit scheduled to last 35 days. The refit involves the replacement of the current thrusters. The ship repair and conversion yard Shipdock in Amsterdam has subcontracted the electrical repairs and modifications to Alewijnse


PGS Awarded Two Seismic Contracts

Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS) was recently awarded a seismic contract in deepwater Gulf of Mexico. PGS will utilize its proprietary 3-D marine seismic vertical cable technology for the contract awarded by Phillips Petroleum Company in deepwater Gulf of Mexico in the Garden Banks area. The contract will involve one month of high-density data acquisition.


ULSTEIN Delivers Seismic RV

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ULSTEIN delivered the seismic research vessel Oceanic Sirius to Eidesvik and CGGVeritas on 3 October. Oceanic Sirius is designed and built in accordance with strict environmental standards and equipped with state-of-the-art technology for advanced seismic research operations. She is owned by a joint venture between Eidesvik and CGGVeritas. The vessel was named in a ceremony in Ulsteinvik on 1 October. Oceanic Sirius is sister vessel to the Oceanic Vega, delivered by ULSTEIN in July 2010.


Rolls-Royce Seismic Research Vessel Delivered

FA XIAN6: Photo credit Rolls-Royce

Seismic Research Vessel FA XIAN6, a Rolls-RoyceUT 830 CD design for Shanghai Offshore Petroleum Bureau, (Sinopec), is the first of its type to be built in China. It is equipped with a package of Rolls-Royce power and propulsion systems as well as advanced automated handling systems for deploying the seismic equipment.   Built by Shanghai Shipyard Co., FA XIAN6 has been delivered to Shanghai Offshore Petroleum Bureau, which is a part of the Chinese conglomerate Sinopec


NOIA Echoes Importance of Atlantic Seismic Exploration Hearing

Randall Luthi (Photo: U.S. Department of Interior)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on the hearing on seismic exploration on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf held today by the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. “The National Ocean Industries Association appreciates Chairman Lamborn’s leadership on this important hearing on the crucial role of seismic surveys in the development of oil and natural gas for our


Chinese Seismic Exploration Require New OBC Vessels

Complete twin-screw medium speed propulsion packages have been ordered from MAN B&W for a twin set of 65 m offshore research vessels. The twins will each be specified and equipped for specific operational tasks, i.e. seismic sourcing and seismic recording. The vessels are designated as an OBC Source Vessel and an OBC (Ocean Bottom Cable) Recorder Vessel, respectively. The design consulting company for this project is Dalian Shipbuilding Technology Research Center Co. Ltd


Cairn Eyes Offshore Exploration in Bangladesh

Oil and gas firm Cairn Energy announced plans for further exploration and development drilling in Bangladesh's offshore gas field. Cairn Energy is currently operating Bangladesh's only offshore gas field at Sangu in the Bay of Bengal, off Chittagong port. In addition, Cairn is actively exploring in blocks 5 and 10, where new seismic data has been acquired, and is participating with Chevron in block 7, where a seismic campaign commenced recently


Eastern Echo Orders Seismic Vessels

Eastern Echo Holding Plc signed the shipbuilding contracts with Dubai Drydocks and the design and equipment contracts with Ulstein Design AS, for two seismic vessels, each capable of towing up to 12 streamers. The shipbuilding contracts conclude and replace the original letter of intent (LOI) announced on the 20 September 2007. ‘We are pleased to announce the signing of these contracts today with Dubai Drydocks and Ulstein Design AS


WesternGeco Commences 3D Survey in Barents Sea

WesternGeco announced today that it has begun acquisition of the Bjørnøya Phase I “Ice Bear” 3D multiclient survey in the highly prospective West Loppa area of the Barents Sea. Following previous surveys in the area, the Ice Bear survey will extend the existing WesternGeco West Loppa datasets to the North and West. “The study area is located on the rim of the Bjørnøya Basin


16 U.S. States at High Risk of Damaging Earthquakes -USGS

States affected by seismic activity

  Sixteen states are at high risk of damaging earthquakes over the next 50 years and certain areas of the United States face a higher threat of temblors than previously thought, a federal geological survey agency said. The findings come from updated earthquake hazard maps that were released


Statoil, Repsol, ExxonMobil Win Colombian Offshore License

Image: Statoil

Statoil announced today that it has been awarded interest in the COL4 license offshore Colombia in the Caribbean Sea in the 2014 Colombia Licensing Round, along with Respol and ExxonMobil. Statoil said it will hold 33.33% in the license, while Repsol will be the operator of the license and will


Statoil Awarded Licence Offshore Colombia

Nick Maden, senior vice president for Statoils exploration activities in the Western Hemisphere.

  Statoil has been awarded interest in the COL4 licence offshore Colombia in the Caribbean Sea in the 2014 Colombia Licensing Round. Statoil will hold 33,33% in the licence. Repsol will be the operator of the licence and will hold 33,34%. ExxonMobil Exploration Colombia will hold 33,33%.


Rosneft Starts Up Field Work in the Kara Sea

Kara sea map

  On July 24 this year, research vessel Geolog Dmitry Nalivkin sailed from Kirkenes (Norway) to the Kara Sea. In the next three months 2D seismic survey, will be carried out in the three Vostochno-Prinovozemelsky licenses. The field work will be conducted in the surface area that totals


Transas Offshore Simulator for Batumi State Maritime Academy

Transas Offshore Simulator chosen for the Batumi State Maritime Academy

  Batumi State Maritime Academy (BSMA) and Transas Marine Black Sea today signed a contract for supply and installation of the Transas Full Mission Offshore simulator. The simulator complex will be one of the most advanced in the Black Sea region.


Trimble Opens Registration for Dimensions Conference

Trimble announced today that registration has officially opened for its International User Conference—Trimble Dimensions—being held November 3-5, 2014 at the Mirage and the Treasure Island Hotels in Las Vegas. The three-day conference addresses innovations in agriculture


Rosneft Starts Geological Exploration In Barents, Pechora Sea

Courtesy Rosneft

  Rosneft has started field works at five license blocks of the Barents and Pechora Seas: West Prinovozemelsky, located in the North-Eastern part of the Barents sea near the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, Perseevsky, located in the North-Western part of the Barents sea, and at the South Russky


SHIPPINGInsight Award Entries Deadline Extended

Entries will be accepted until Aug. 1, 2014 for the inaugural SHIPPINGInsight Award. The annual award will honor a ship operating company and its technology partners for the successful implementation of an innovative technology or initiative that reduced operating costs and improved operating


Chariot Oil & Gas Investments & Woodside Sign Agreement

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  Chariot Oil & Gas Limited (AIM: CHAR), the Atlantic margins focused oil and gas exploration company,  informed that its wholly owned subsidiary, Chariot Oil & Gas Investments (Morocco) Ltd., has signed a farm-out agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of Woodside


Kongsberg Upgrade Simulators for UiT, Norway

6 DOF platform: Rendering Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime says that UiT, The Artic University of Norway, has contracted them to provide cutting-edge upgrades and extensions of existing ship's bridge simulators for navigation and DP training including human factor studies.  UiT's strong focus on maritime and offshore training


Leidos Constructing AUV Anti-Submarine Warfare Tracker

Leidos engineers: Image courtesy of Leidos video frame

National security, health & engineering solutions company, Leidos, says it has under construction an autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input, and due for testing at sea in 2015.


EMGS Receives Contract Worth $2.7 mln from OMV (Norge) AS

File photo :EMGSs two purpose-built 3D EM vessels

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS)  the marine EM market leader, who uses its proprietary electromagnetic (EM) technology to support oil and gas companies in their search for offshore hydrocarbonshas, received a contract worth USD 2


General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions Tie-up with Microsoft

  General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions announced that it has joined the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP). Under this industry partnership program, General Dynamics Fidelis will receive advanced information from Microsoft about their monthly security bulletins


Kongsberg Tech Chosen for 13 Newbuild Projects

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Kongsberg Maritime’s Full Picture solution has been selected by Chinese and Korean shipbuilders for 13 advanced newbuild offshore vessels with a total value of 330 MNOK. Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co. (DSIC), CIMC Raffles (CIMC)


US Approves Plan to Open Atlantic to Oil Reserve Surveys

The Obama administration on Friday approved a plan that would allow companies to assess oil resources off the Atlantic Coast, angering environmental groups that worried the plan will harm marine life and open the door to offshore drilling.






 
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