Dolphin Geophysical, Norway, has announced the name of vessel NB533 as M/V Polar Duchess. The vessel option expires on 1st November and it is highly likely the company is to exercise the option.
Good progress in the Factorias Volcano yard, Spain, safeguards a Q4 delivery ready for the North Sea season at the end Q1 2012. She will be the sistership to the company's flagship vesselM/V Polar Duke.
M/V Polar Duke is a purpose-built high-end 3D vessel, capable of towing fourteen streamers at 100 metre separation. Rigged with Sercel SSAS Sentinel streamers and an impressive bollard pull of approximately 210 Tonnes, M/V Polar Duke and M/V Polar Duchess will undoubtedly be some of the most efficient vessels available to the market.
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.