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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Global Geophysical Services News

Catamaran Survey Vessel Delivered to Global Geophysical Services

The 140 ft. catamaran seismic survey vessel Ms. Cordelia was delivered to Global Geophysical Services, Houston, TX. The all aluminum vessel was converted from a prototype high speed low wake passenger ferry that had not been completed or put in service. The conversion design and engineering was done by the naval architectural firm of Guarino & Cox, LLC, Covington, LA. Seacraft Shipyard carried out the conversion work at their facilities in Amelia, LA. The unfinished vessel was considered an ideal candidate to be converted for its intended use primarily due to the large deck area available and its shallow draft. The MS. CORDELIA will be capable of performing inshore shallow water seismic survey work laying and retrieving cables in as little as 6 feet of water.

GEO Shipyard Delivers Seismic Vessel

As noted elsewhere in this issue, evidence abounds of a pickup in oil and gas exploration, drilling and production. The latest example is the delivery of a seismic vessel to a company that was incorporated in 2003 specifically for geophysical work. The company is Global Geophysical Services, Inc., of Houston, Texas. The company went to Geo Shipyard, New Iberia, La. for a 70 x 22-ft. catamaran-style seismic source vessel. "In the past, we specialized in seismic boats and our company name is derived from our concentration on geophysical vessels," said David LeCompte, president of the company. The vessel is equipped with a pair of large compressors enabling it to operate air guns that gather seismic data from the Gulf of Mexico.

Veripos Wins Norwegian Positioning Contract

Aberdeen-based Veripos, a world leader in the provision of GNSS positioning facilities to the offshore oil and gas industry, has been awarded a contract by Dolphin Geophysical AS of Bergen, the newly-formed Norwegian seismic exploration contractor, for the supply of services aboard its recently-commissioned 3D seismic vessel, Polar Duke. The purpose-built flagship vessel, which is currently working on behalf of a major global geoscientific data products and service organisation, is being supplied with Veripos’s Ultra and Apex Precise Point Positioning (PPP) services, each independently ensuring decimetre-level accuracies. Proprietary…

Telenor Signs PGS Geophysical for 2 Years

Telenor Satellite Services announced that PGS Geophysical of Norway has renewed its global satellite communications agreement with Telenor through June 2005. Telenor first began providing communications via satellite to PGS in 1995. The current agreement calls for Telenor to continue to provide its fully-managed Sealink service to a PGS Geophysical fleet of 14 high tech 3D seismic vessels operating around the world. PGS Geophysical acquires, processes, markets, and sells high quality seismic data worldwide. Oil and gas companies use this data to explore for and develop new hydrocarbon fields and to manage fields in production. The Sealink system provides corporate voice and high-speed data communications…

Dolphin Awarded North Sea 3D Seismic Contract

MV Polar Duke: Photo credit Dolphin Geophysical

Dolphin Geophysical has secured a 3D contract award from an undisclosed client for work in the North Sea. The survey will be acquired by the high capacity 3D vessel M/V Polar Duke, commencing in August for the duration of approximately five weeks. "We now have a full backlog for the Summer Season", says Håvard Åsli, Regional Marketing and Sales Manager for North Europe, "with all of our vessels working in the North Sea region and busy into Q4". Norway's Dolphin Group ASA is the parent company of Dolphin Geophysical AS, a global full-range, asset light supplier of marine geophysical services.

Chevron Shipping Awards Oil, LNG Contract to GAC

Photo: Gulf Agency Company

US-based Chevron Shipping Company (CSC) has awarded  the Dubai-based GAC Group a global three-year ship agency contract for both crude and LNG vessels. The new agreement secures the provider of shipping, logistics and marine services GAC‚Äôs status as Chevron‚Äôs exclusive global agent in a partnership that spans more than 20 years, more than 15 of which have seen GAC as its sole global agent. Operations will be overseen by GAC Hub Agency offices in Dubai, Houston and Singapore with support from GAC‚Äôs network of offices and approved agents worldwide.

North Sea Seismic Survey Contracts for Dolphin

Dolphin's 'Polar Duke': Photo credit Dolphin Group

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. "These early awards with‚Ķ

TGS to Charter Seismic Vessel Summer 2013

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS) inks Letter of Intent with CGG Veritas to charter a 12-streamer vessel. The vessel is to be chartered for 3D multi-client projects in Europe during the 2013 summer season. The charter will begin in April and last for approximately six months. TGS inform that the details of the individual projects to be completed under this charter will be announced separately. TGS provides multi-client geoscience data to oil and gas Exploration and Production companies worldwide. In addition to extensive global geophysical and geological data libraries that include multi-client seismic data, magnetic and gravity data‚Ķ

BP Awards Caspian Geophysical Contract

Caspian Geophysical, the joint venture between WesternGeco and the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, announced that BP has awarded Caspian Geophysical a marine seismic services contract in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. Under the contract, Caspian Geophysical will supply a variety of conventional towed streamer and 3D, four-component (4C), marine acquisition and processing services for future seismic projects within any Production Sharing Agreement areas operated by BP. Caspian Geophysical will be the first contractor to mobilize ocean-bottom cable equipment designed for large-scale 4C seismic surveys within the Caspian region. The 4C surveys will provide additional subsurface information around gas-invaded sediments near mud volcanoes prior to field development.

Calecore Buys Geotechnical Rig for 'Highland Spirit'

Highland Spirit: Photo courtesy of Calecore

Calecore Directors Sarah Cashmore, Steven Lloyd and Richard Parkinson announce purchase of a geotechnical drilling rig for their DP2 vessel 'Highland Spirit', and also that the company has secured a third month rotation for the Kara Sea project in the Russian Arctic. Earlier this year Calecore obtained an investment from Netherlands based investment company VEP which sees the board of Calecore unchanged, but the drill rig purchase is viewed as the start of bringing significant and key assets to the balance sheet.

Waddington Joins Marine Industrial Svcs

Substructure, Inc., a global marine services company providing high-resolution marine assessment, marine pile encapsulation, and other underwater capabilities, announced that geophysical survey expert Tom Waddington has joined the company as senior marine scientist and chief hydrographer. Waddington, who brings nearly 25 years of experience in the marine survey field to Substructure’s global marine services, will oversee Substructure’s hydrographic operations, including use of their state-of-the art hydrographic survey vessel, Orion. Formerly a senior marine scientist with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Waddington also has served as chief of the Survey Section for the U.S.

Dolphin Marine's Latest Financial Results Better Than Expected

· Dolphin successfully enters into and completes the  first 3D Multi-Client survey in Norway. Atle Jacobsen, Dolphin Group CEO, commented: ‚Ä®"There is strong market demand for Dolphin's marine  ‚Ä®seismic services. "From day one, Dolphin has emphasised the importance  ‚Ä®of building a strong internal geophysical and Multi- ‚Ä®Client business competence. This strategy works. Today our Multi-Client seismic model is being  ‚Ä®recognised by an increasing number new global clients  ‚Ä®and governmental authorities.

CGGVeritas to Acquire Wavefield

CGGVeritas (ISIN: 0000120164 - NYSE: CGV) announced today it will make a voluntary exchange tender offer for 100% of the shares of Wavefield Inseis ASA ("Wavefield") (OSE: WAVE). Wavefield is a Norwegian pure-play seismic company which operates a fleet of 8 vessels and develops geophysical equipment based on fiber optic technology. In the third quarter 2008, Wavefield revenue was $110m, and operating income was $37m. The transaction strengthens CGGVeritas' fleet capability with immediate access to five recently equipped high capacity 3D vessels. The additional complement of three mid 3D and 2D Wavefield vessels increases overall fleet management flexibility.

UTEC Consolidates Middle East Position

Trevor Hughes

Leading independent offshore survey company UTEC has consolidated its presence in the Middle East and has completed another significant contract for a major international pipelay contractor. This is the second year in succession that UTEC has provided support to the contractor in the region. The UAE (Dubai) project involved UTEC supporting the state-of-the-art DP pipelay vessel in extremely shallow water providing enhanced USBL methodologies as well as the provision of survey support services on two additional DP vessels which provided diver support and remedial services to the pipelay vessel.

GX Technology Agreement With Polarcus

ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE:IO) announced that its seismic imaging subsidiary, GX Technology (GXT), has signed an agreement with The Polarcus Group of Companies (Polarcus) for the provision of seismic data processing services. This agreement includes onboard quality control (QC), onboard processing, and land-based data processing (DP) services. The agreement calls for GXT to provide hardware, software and geophysicists in order to support a seismic project's entire imaging lifecycle, from the vessel to an onshore data processing center. Nick Bernitsas, Senior Vice President of ION's GXT Imaging Solutions division, commented, "Many…

Road Map to Boost Singapore Maritime Industry

Dr Lam Pin Min, SMS, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, at the PSA ‚ÄėIntelligent Port of the Future‚Äô Exhibition showcasing the transformation of port operations through technology and innovation. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, launched the Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map (ITM) at the annual Singapore Maritime Foundation New Year Cocktail Reception. Developed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in partnership with the industry, unions and other government agencies, the Sea Transport ITM builds on MPA’s strategic long term plans to develop Singapore’s next-generation port and strengthen our international maritime centre (IMC).

Fugro Americas Completes Maiden Voyage

Fugro Americas

On June 11th, 2015, Fugro’s premier geophysical survey vessel, the Fugro Americas, successfully completed data collection for a geochemical coring campaign in the Caribbean. The project marks the maiden voyage of the new-build vessel. Mobilisation for the campaign immediately followed the vessel’s departure from the construction shipyard in Louisiana in April. Her stable design and experienced, dedicated crew enabled efficient and intelligent data collection to enhance survey results beyond expectations.

Fugro Americas Completes Maiden Voyage

Fugro Americas (Photo: Fugro)

Geophysical survey vessel Fugro Americas completed data collection for a geochemical coring campaign in the Caribbean on June 11, 2015, marking the maiden voyage of Fugro’s newbuild vessel. Mobilization for the campaign immediately followed the vessel’s departure from the construction shipyard in Louisiana in April. Her stable design and crew enabled efficient and intelligent data collection to enhance survey results beyond expectations, Fugro said. The integrated project comprised 141 piston cores and seven heat flow measurements that yielded more than 1…

Wilhelmsen Relocates to Singapore

Photo: Wilhelmsen Ship Management

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) will be relocating its global headquarters from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Singapore within the first quarter of 2018. The relocation decision is part of WSM’s strategic initiatives to be nearer to current clients and also future market. Singapore is an established maritime hub, and a driver of digital innovation that will play a significant part in the company’s ongoing transformation. At the moment, only a few selected key personnel in the management team will be relocated.

Calecore Purchases Geotechnical Drilling Rig

Calegeo’s DP2 vessel Highland Spirit

Earlier this year Calecore took investment from Netherlands based investment company VEP. VEP’s equity position sees the board of Calecore unchanged but the drill rig purchase is viewed as just the start of bringing significant and key assets to the balance sheet. This investment also gives leverage to Calecore’s ever growing global presence with 1 Raffles Quay, Singapore being added to the Stavanger and Moscow bases in September of this year. Calecore’s Geotechnical and Geophysical…

Fugro Acquires EMU Limited to Advance Growth

Fugro has acquired EMU Limited to advance growth in marine environmental survey and consultancy. EMU is an independent marine survey and environmental consultancy specialist. Based in Southampton, it also has UK premises in Portsmouth and Edinburgh; in Dinard, France; and Perth, Australia. The company conducts ecological, geophysical, sediment sampling and hydrographical surveys, laboratory analysis, and provides environmental consulting and reporting services. It currently employs 150  surveyors, oceanographers and marine environmental scientists. EMU has a broad client base in the oil and gas, renewables, engineering contracting, marine aggregate and government markets. The company will further internationalize its business, supported by Fugro‚Äôs global network.

Fugro’s European Offshore Survey Experience For Cape Cod

Fugro bring European offshore survey experience to lead the way on America’s first offshore wind farm. Fugro has commenced a major geotechnical and geophysical survey operation for America’s first offshore wind farm Cape Wind. The wind farm will be situated on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound and once operational is predicted to provide three quarters of the Cape and Islands electricity needs. The offshore program will involve up to 50 scientists, engineers, archeologists and geologists using specialized vessels. Fugro, as the lead Cape Wind contractor for the project, brings to the table an impressive offshore wind site investigation track record, having performed similar work for a majority of the offshore wind farms built in European waters.

HKND Awards Contract for Survey for Nicaraguan Canal

Signing ceremony between HKND Group and CSA Global from Australia. Photograph: HKND Group

HKND Group, concessionaire of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal project, signed an agreement with international geological and resource consultancy CSA Global of Australia in the headquarters of HKND Group in Hong Kong, entrusting CSA Global to conduct an aerial geological survey of the canal route and Lake Nicaragua shore line. The survey comprises of Aerial mapping of topography, photography and geophysical and geological data. HKND Group concluded an open tender works package award with CSA Global for the services.

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