Thales and Sonsub Assist with Prestige’s Aftermath

Monday, September 08, 2003
The solution to the pollution problems caused by the wreck of the Prestige oil tanker could be at hand. The main Spanish Oil Company Repsol YPF was appointed by the Spanish Government to find the best solution to extract the remaining fuel in the Prestige wreck. Repsol YPF selected and awarded contracts to the industry experts Thales GeoSolutions and Sonsub to design and build ROVs for the deepwater survey and investigation, and a further contract to Sonsub, in partnership with Thales GeoSolutions, to carry out a deepwater survey, investigation and evaluation study on the wreck of the Prestige oil tanker, which sank in deep water off the coast of Northern Spain in November of 2002 still carrying a substantial amount of heavy fuel oil. Under the terms of the contracts, worth several million dollars, a team of experts has been brought together by Repsol YPF, Thales and Sonsub to fulfill this project deploying the very latest in work class Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) designed, developed and built for physical intervention work at depths previously not attempted in the industry (4,000 m).

As prime contractor, Sonsub's project team based in Aberdeen maintains operational control as well as being responsible for the overall operation aboard its dynamically positioned vessel the DPV Polar Prince, which is staffed by a full team of both marine and construction crews.

Thales GeoSolutions, is providing seabed mapping, geotechnical engineering and precise DGPS and acoustic positioning in support of the project as planned by Repsol YPF.

Thales GeoSolutions is also charged with presenting the information gathered in a GIS database to ease access and analysis for planning further work at the site.

Repsol YPF contracted Sonsub and Thales GeoSolutions to design and build ROVs for the deepwater survey and investigation, together with the physical intervention and evaluation work. In addition, Thales GeoSolutions has made available deepwater survey and inspection equipment, as well as its data processing expertise and facilities.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

NASSCO Lays Keel for Jones Act Tanker Liberty

U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony on Thursday, May 26 for the Liberty, one of three new ECO Class Jones Act tankers under a

DSC Dredge Receives President’s E-Star Award

DSC Dredge, LLC, based in Reserve, La., has received the 2016 President’s “E-Star” Award for exports.   In a ceremony held on May 16, 2016, at the U.S. Department

TT Club Reports Robust Financial Results for 2015

TT Club has announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2015, and AM Best affirms its A- (Excellent) rating for the 10th consecutive year.   Knud Pontoppidan,

Tanker Trends

A Year is a Long Time in Tankers

The latest Gibson Market Report focused on the age profile of the VLCC fleet and the prospects for trading life beyond 15 years of age.    Analysis of the Suezmax fleet shows a similar picture,

Strike In France: Implications for Tanker Demand

After the oil industry suffered from a severe drought in Venezuela, forest fires in Canada and rebel attacks on oil installations in Nigeria, it is now facing

Floating Storage Flattens Fortunes of $50 Crude

The prices of WTI and Brent crude briefly rose above $50/bbl during intraday trading on Thursday, the highest level seen since the end of July 2015, giving traders a brief moment of optimism,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0862 sec (12 req/sec)