DNV has developed a class notation for seismic vessels in consultation with key industry players, WesternGeco, PGS and Fugro-Geoteam. The need to have enhanced redundancy and proper deck arrangements to ensure continuous operation without loss of speed is the backbone of these new technical requirements. Seismic vessels contain high end computerized technology to find resources below the seabed, and represent a key element in the value chain leading to future offshore field developments. Any interruptions in the ships forward movement can complicate the seismic data processing, and continuous operations with focus to avoid any downtime of key functions are hence of utmost importance. With expensive seismic streamer equipment mobilized at sea, sudden loss of service speed may lead to severe consequences as damage to cables impairing the whole seismic vessel operation. The new notation focuses on increased availability of the vessels during critical phases of the seismic operations. As well as vessel operators, DNV has consulted seismic handling and high pressure equipment suppliers to ensure that all current and future industry challenges are comprehensively dealt with. The maintenance of propulsive power is a key issue. The class notation has therefore taken the DNV concept for redundant propulsion one step further so that any failure on board will not lead to loss of more than 50 per cent forward trust
Dolphin Group ASA, headquartered in Norway, awarded multiple North Sea 3D seismic contracts for 2013. Dolphin has been awarded several contracts for the upcoming North Sea season. The awards are for both 3D and 4D seismic services and will involve three of its 3D seismic vessels with a total duration in the range of 8-12 months. Dolphin sat they will revert with further contract details when they present their 2013 guidance on or about 8 January 2013.
CGGVeritas and Eidesvik Offshore ASA have entered into an agreement for the supply of two large seismic vessels to be newly built, with a total contract value of approximately $420m. The two vessels will be of an extremely advanced specification, incorporating many unique features, based on the most recent X-BOWdesign of Ulstein Design AS, and will be delivered in 2010 under 12-year time charter agreements. These two high-capacity vessels are components of CGGVeritas' strategy of
ODIM has signed a contract with the seismic company Fugro Geoteam on delivery of the remaining parts of a complete handlings system for the 3D seismic new building Geo Celtic. In addition to this contract, ODIM received on January 26 the first part of the complete handling system for this vessel. ODIM has over the last years built up a key expertise on electric drive systems for handlings systems to be used aboard 3D seismic vessels
ABB won a $26m order to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for two next generation ‘Ramform’ vessels, capable of three-dimensional (3D) seismic data acquisition for deep sea resource exploration. The ships will be constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and delivered in 2015 to Norway’s Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS), a leading company in marine seismic and reservoir data acquisition, processing and analysis/interpretation services
East Malaysia’s Shin Yang Shipyard has begun construction of three new support vessels for Mainport. Located in Miri, Sarawak the Shin Yang Shipyard has developed an impressive record in the fabrication of sophisticated off shore vessels such as the anchor-handling tug Danem 19. Two of the new support vessels, the Mainport Cedar and Mainport Pine, will be 54.6 by 13.8-meter supply, seismic support vessels. The third, the Mainport Kells, will be somewhat smaller at 37 by 8
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) gets additional order to build 2 seismic vessels for Norway's Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS). The order for the two vessels was placed upon exercise by PGS of the option right that was provided when two same type vessels were ordered to MHI in April 2011. The two newly ordered vessels are scheduled for delivery in the first and second half, respectively, of 2015. With this latest order
Gibdock completed a refit of the seismic vessel WG Cook for WesternGeco. WG Cook is one of six 12-streamer 3D seismic ships delivered to the owner in 2010. The 19-day project was completed on time and with no serious QHSE incidents in preparation for WG Cook’s deployment offshore Canada for a seismic survey. Gibdock allocated its largest drydock to the project, allowing a variety of yard equipment to be deployed simultaneously
Kongsberg Maritime's simulation division and Vestfold University College has signed a framework agreement to further explore activities and projects of joint interest within research and development of maritime simulators from an innovation and human factor perspective. The agreement which was signed 22nd December 2010 comprises extensive R&D project plans and the use of an Interactive Simulator Laboratory (SIMSAM lab) at Vestfold University College, which will serve as a R&D facility
Ulstein Group report an operating income of NOK 2.27 billion and an operating profit of NOK 228 million in their 2012 financial report. *Operating income: NOK 2.27 billion (2011: NOK 2.06 billion) *Operating profit: NOK 228.0 million (2011: NOK 253.7 million) *Operating result before tax: NOK 211.4 million (2011: NOK 270.3 million) “We deliver a good result in a demanding market thanks to our competent and hardworking employees and an organisation that provide for execution and
US's Duma Energy Corp. says it has received new 3D seismic data in its search for deeper oil reserves in its Galveston Bay producing fields. This new data, which covers three of Duma's fields in Galveston Bay, is part of a broader effort by several other large independent oil companies to
Atle Jacobsen, the CEO of Dolphin Geophysical, is, in many ways, a bit of a paradox. An experienced, no-nonsense, veteran of the marine seismic surveying industry, he is also disarmingly easy to “talk shop” with, engaging and has an obvious thirst for new ideas and technology
Gibdock completes a refit of the 12-streamer 3D seismic vessel 'WG Cook' for WesternGeco. WG Cook is one of six 12-streamer 3D seismic ships delivered to the owner in 2010. The 19-day project was completed on time and with no serious QHSE incidents in preparation for WG Cook’s deployment
Norway-based boat handling system and specialized davit supplier Vestdavit was contracted to supply work boat and man overboard davits for four specially designed chase vessels which will support Norwegian seismic major PGS’ fleet of seismic ships.
Kongsberg Evotec AS, a Kongsberg Maritime company, will provide the complete back deck solution for handling of up to 20 streamers simultaneously aboard a GC Rieber owned new-build seismic exploration vessel, awarded by builder Kleven. The ST324XT designed by Skipsteknisk in Ålesund
The US Coast Guard Cutter 'Maple' helps the U.S. Geological Survey to deploy 12 seismic sensors along the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault, northwest of Craig, Alaska. The team placed the ocean-bottom seismometers along a 28-mile section of the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault to improve
Two new state-of-the-art Ramform Titan-class seismic vessels under construction at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries yard in Japan for Norway headquartered Petroleum Geo Services (PGS) will feature a delivery from Kongsberg Maritime including integrated navigation
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Bolt Technology Corporation said it has received a $4,600,000 order for a Seismic Energy Source system which is scheduled for shipment in September 2013. Raymond M. Soto, Bolt's Chairman and CEO, commented, "We are pleased to have received this order
National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement applauding a bi-partisan letter from U.S. Representatives to President Obama urging the finalization of the long-delayed Atlantic Seismic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS):
Kleven has signed a contract with GC Rieber Shipping for the building of an advanced seismic vessel. The vessel is of type ST 324 XT from Skipsteknisk, and is to be delivered from Myklebust Verft in March 2015. Contract value is around 700 million NOK and there is an option for a second vessel
Singapore-based Otto Marine & group subsidiaries issue a warning regarding its forthcoming financial results. Otto Marine Group is expected to report a loss for the financial year ended 31 December 2012 largely due to, amongst others, the following:
Shell technology creates sharper pictures of underground rock formations to find new oil and gas fields more cost effectively. Shell has found a way to use tiny motion sensors – like those used in modern everyday gadgets – to create sharper pictures of underground rock formations.
Lone Star Geophysical Surveys buys a 4000-node ZLand seismic system from FairfieldNodal for US & Canada projects. The company previously leased ZLand system nodes for environmentally sensitive work in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Montana
Norwegian-based company, TGS, commences 3D multi-client seismic survey offshore Liberia with chartered ''Polarcus Asima' TGS has commenced acquisition of a 3D multi-client survey, Sunfish, which covers up to 7,800 km2 of highly prospective acreage in the Harper Basin, offshore Liberia.