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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.

JV for 3D seismic in Arctic

Photo: CGG

 Paris-listed seismic giant CGG and Russia's largest shipowner, SCF Group (Sovcomflot), have formally registered a joint-venture company focused on coldwater  surveys, reports Interfax.  The joint venture, to be called Arctic Geophysical Exploration (AGE), will be 51 per cent owned by Sovcomflot and 49 per cent owned by CGG. The company will be incorporated in Russia with its headquarters in Moscow.   

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.

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

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

Multiclient Seismic Data Offshore Mozambique Available from Schlumberger

The survey includes the extensions to the original program in the Mozambique Channel, south extension offshore the Limpopo River, and the Rovuma basin.

  Schlumberger announced today the availability of its multiclient seismic survey offshore Mozambique. The Schlumberger multiclient seismic data offered in collaboration with the National Petroleum Institute of Mozambique (INP) includes reprocessed 2D lines and newly acquired seismic data, and provides detailed imaging of the subsurface. “The recent discoveries and regional appraisals in the area indicate significant frontier exploration potential,” said Maurice Nessim

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

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

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.

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

NYK Orders 5,500 Reefer FEUs

Photo courtesy NYK

  NYK has placed an order for 5,500 technologically advanced 40-foot refrigerated (reefer) containers, which are more efficient and reliable than older equipment. Delivery of the new units has already commenced.   This strategic investment will ensure that NYK continues to operate one

Ulstein’s X-BOW Turns 10

subsea vessel  Island Performer (Photo: Ulstein)

While new designs often grab headlines, mature designs that have enjoyed success are perhaps better indicators of true progress in marine technology. When the Ultstein X-Bow made its debut 10 years ago, some scoffed at the unusual design characteristics

EMC: U.S. Patent for MEO SatCom Power Booster

EMC earned recognition from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (U.S. PTO) with its latest patent - US 9,130,644 B2 - for a power booster that improves efficiency and performance of connectivity links with Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite networks operating in the Ka- and Ku-band frequency

Royston Appoints New US Distributor

Photo: Royston

Diesel power engineering specialist Royston has appoint a new U.S.-based distributor, citing growing interest in its advanced Enginei marine fuel management and monitoring systems.   The Houma, La.-based Bow 2 Stern Technologies LLC will provide sales and technical service support for the

Sweden’s PowerCell Establishes German Arm

PowerCell Sweden, an energy technology company with a patented technology for generating electricity from fuel cells, announced today it will establish PowerCell Germany GmbH.   André Martin, a senior fuel cell expert and former and Member of the Board of Directors of PowerCell Sweden

General Dynamics Upgrades RVSS for CPB


  General Dynamics successfully completed the initial field deployment and test of the Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) upgrade for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This test demonstrated many technical capabilities of the RVSS system and

APM Terminals Moin Bullish on Reefers

APM Terminals Moin, Costa Rica. Photo: APM Terminals

 APM Terminals is preparing an expansion of the Moin Terminal in Costa Rica's cooling export facilities.    Six new STS cranes and 29 RTG cranes to operate the deep water port of Moin Container Terminal, which opens in 2018.  The Port of Moin is 18 meters deep docks

Marine Firefighting at Sea: Training to Survive

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Emergency Services Training Institute

Fire onboard a boat or ship is generally considered the most dangerous situation on the water. While advances in technology have helped to mitigate risk, consistently investing to upgrade a crew’s firefighting training, skills and equipment is the best means to keep crew

American Cruise to Build New Coastal Cruise Ship

Photo: American Cruise Lines

 American Cruise Lines, operator of the newest cruise ships in the United States, announced today that it has begun construction on a new coastal cruise ship, yet to be named.    The news of this addition is the most recent in a series of announcements pertaining to American

Statoil to Explore Offshore S. Africa

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  Statoil has completed a farm-in transaction with ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa Limited (ExxonMobil), acquiring a 35 percent interest in the ER 12/3/154 Tugela South Exploration Right. The remaining interests are held by the operator ExxonMobil (40%) and co-venturer

Fugro Acquires ROV Support Vessel

Courtesy FUGRO Image Rogério Cordeiro

  Fugro has taken delivery of the new ROV support vessel (RSV) Fugro Aquarius, the most advanced vessel of her type built in Brazil. The new DP-2 diesel-electric vessel is 83 metres is length with a deck area of 520 square metres and accommodation for 60 people

Calnetix Technologies Notches 3 New Patents

The U.S. Patent Office has awarded three new patents to Calnetix Technologies, a developer of high-speed motor generators, magnetic bearings and control systems and energy recovery technologies. These new awards bring the company’s total patent count to 33.  

Snow storms, Earthquakes - Scientists to Predict

Photo Press office of the governor YaNAO

  Russian scientists have demonstrated the ability to predict earthquakes, typhoons and snowstorms on the changes of the atmosphere. "These experiments allow satellite data on the state of the atmosphere to detect the earliest stages of seismic processes which result in a strong

Viega Becomes Partner Member with SCA

Viega LLC has announced its membership with Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), making it the first member representing the state of Kansas.   SCA’s mission aims to support and promote the American shipyard industry, which includes ship builders

PGS : Building Further Success in Newfoundland, Labrador

PGS 2D and 3D surveys in Eastern Canada

  PGS has recently completed the fifth consecutive acquisition season offshore Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the ongoing joint venture (JV) with TGS. The successful 2015 season was the biggest yet with PGS operating four vessels, two 3D and two 2D vessels

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