Dolphin Geophysical, Norway, has accepted a Letter of Award from TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA for a six-month charter of the new high-capacity 3D seismic vessel, M/V Polar Duchess. The contract is expected to begin in the first half of April 2012 and continue through the full European summer season.
Atle Jacobsen, CEO, commented that he saw positive developments in the demand for high-capacity 3D seismic vessels, and this large contract for their second new 3D vessel marked an important milestone in the rapid growth phase of the Dolphin Group.
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.