Ghost Ships No More: Seismic Vessels Resume Oil and Gas Search as Prices Perk Up

By Florence Tan and Gavin Maguire SINGAPORE, July 5 (Reuters) - A growing fleet of ships is scanning oceans in search of new oil and gas fields as energy companies, now with more cash thanks to stronger crude prices, gradually resume spending on seismic services after a four-year downturn. A doubling in the area contracted for seismic work in the first quarter this year from … [Read more...]

SPOTD Seismic Ship Ramform Titan, Redefining The Term ‘Deep V Hull’

Todays Ship Photo Of The Day (SPOTD) shows the V shaped hull of the Ramform Titan during sea trials. Launched in 2013 this new class of seismic ship claims to be the most powerful and efficient in the world. Three variable pitch propellers provide 1.8 Megawatts of power, more than sufficient to tow her enormous spread of dual-sensor recording equipment. The … [Read more...]

Polarcus Sets Record With Largest Man-Made Moving Object On Earth

Dubai-based Polarcus is in the process of acquiring an ultra-wide 3D marine seismic project offshore Myanmar, and is breaking acquisition performance records with the largest man-made moving object on earth. The company’s vessel, Polarcus Amani, is towing an in-sea configuration that measures 1.8km wide across the front ends. With each of the 10 streamers separated by 200m, … [Read more...]

Ship Photos of the Day – One of the Strangest-Looking Ships Ever

The Ramform Atlas has to be one of the strangest-looking ships ever built. It is one of two new vessels in the Ramform Titan class of 3D seismic survey vessels belonging to Petroleum Geo-Services, an Oslo-based seismic data acquisition company. Its unique design, reminiscent of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars, was developed with one single purpose in mind - collecting … [Read more...]

MV Sanco Sword Tows Record-Setting Seismic Streamer Spread

Norway-based Dolphin Geophysical has claimed the mobilization of the "world's largest floating object" by deploying a seismic streamer spread covering a total area of 12 square kilometers off the coast of Myanmar. The seismic spread was made up of 12 streamers, 7,050 meters in length with 150 meters streamer separation making for a total separation of 1.8 kilometers. The … [Read more...]