The Norwegian Hydrographic Service has awarded Marin Mätteknik AB the 2011 Mareano survey contract, to commence in mid-April 2011 and last for two months. The survey will include bathymetric data acquisition and processing in area Nordland VI in the Norwegian Sea outside the Nordland region, west of Bodø, Norway.
The area to be surveyed varies between about 200 and 1,200 metres in depth. The assignment will be conducted by MMT Survey vesselFranklin, length 56 metres, equipped with a Kongsberg EM710 Multibeam echo sounder. The Franklin previously worked in the Mareano project in 2009, covering almost 5,000 square kilometres of the Barents Sea.
CSIRO from Australia is undertaking a survey tour towards the Australian Bight for a baseline survey looking for oil traces in the water. The surveyors are deploying a CTD and a gravity corer measuring possible traces of oil in the water column. The survey mission also consists of hydrographic mapping techniques, GIS and environmental specialists to make sure the situation before exploration is mapped well in order to know what the environmental consequences of an eventual oil seepage or leak may consist of.