Dolphin Geophysical christened M/V Polar Duchess at Vågen, Bergen, Norway, on 30 March 2012. Many attended the special occasion, which marked the launch of the sister ship to the company’s flagship vessel. She is already contracted to TGS and will commence her upcoming survey in the Barents Sea imminently.
Professor Gunn Mangerud kindly assumed the position of Godmother to the vessel.
M/V Polar Duchess is a purpose-built high-end 3D vessel capable of towing 14 streamers at 100metre separation. She is rigged with Sercel SSAS Sentinel streamers and the sister ship to M/V Polar Duke, which is one 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.