New Maritech Web-site

Designed and maintained totally in-house, the new Maritech web-site aims to be easy to use and informative, providing up-to-date details on the company’s new Marine Survey & Geoscience Training Centre, as well as on the survey and geophysical consulting side of the business. Training information available includes courses offered and scheduled, course profiles, booking and payment, training facilities and much more. (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

First High-resolution Map of the Great Barrier Reef Released

One and a half million square kilometres of bathymetric seafloor data have been released to the public by Geoscience Australia under partnership with James Cook University and the Australian Hydrographic Service of the Great Barrier Reef. The project carried out high-resolution bathymetric scans, which were combined with existing datasets held by the government to create the most comprehensive, detailed models produced to date. The release comes as the federal government announced an AU$60 million investment in protective measures for the Great Barrier Reef, which include measures to shield the Reef from polluted water, and investment in Australian Institute of Marine... (read more)
2018-02-06 11:22:34

Darwin Harbour Unveils Sand Waves and Shipwrecks

Darwin, Australia, is world-renowned for its rich and diverse landscapes. However, as a scientific exploration party has just found out, there is an equally diverse and previously undiscovered region of Darwin under the sea. A marine survey tasked with mapping the seabed of Darwin Harbour in high resolution and collecting geochemical and physical samples has found relics of Australia's ancient geography in the form of sub-marine sand dunes, ripples, sand waves and even shipwrecks. These features tell a story from the last Ice Age some 20,000 years ago when global sea levels were much lower and Darwin Harbour as we know... (read more)
2015-12-02 11:37:06

CGG Completes Mozambique Multi-client Survey in Zambezi Delta

CGG has completed acquisition of 15,400 square kilometres of 3D marine seismic data in the outer Zambezi Delta Basin, west of the Beira High. The survey area covers blocks Z5-C and Z5-D and surrounding non-held acreage. This is the first survey to be conducted following the agreement CGG signed with Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Petroleo (INP) in 2017 for the acquisition of a new multi-client programme. The fast-track PreSTM data set will be available in Q4 2018 in anticipation of a licence round during 2019 and final PreSDM deliverables will be made available in Q4 2019. A JumpStart integrated geoscience... (read more)
2018-06-15 09:41:07

Geo Manzi Proved her Capabilities

The Marine Geoscience Unit (MGU) of the Council for Geoscience recently launched its latest survey vessel, the SV Geo Manzi, in Simon's Town near Cape Town, South Africa. Geo Manzi (Zulu for Geology and Water) has an overall length of just under 9m, with a beam of 3.1m and a draught of ~ 0.6m and was built by Cape Town-based Veecraft Marine. She is powered by twin 4-stroke Suzuki outboard motors of 175HP each which allows her to reach transit speeds in excess of 35knots.   The vessel is equipped with an entire suite of marine geophysical equipment which will... (read more)
2008-10-30 12:20:06

World’s Largest Seep-hunting Survey Adds Resource

Fugro has deployed multi-purpose offshore survey vessel 'Fugro Gauss' to join the 'Fugro Brasilis' offshore Mexico, to help complete the world’s largest seep-hunting survey for multiclient geoscience data company, TGS. Both vessels are using hull-mounted multibeam echosounders (12kHz and 30kHz respectively) and sub-bottom profiler systems to map an area of approximately 625,000 square kilometres in the deep waters of Mexico. The data acquired will assist in identifying sites where deep hydrocarbon-rich fluids are escaping to the seafloor and will be used to target hundreds of sites for coring and geochemical analysis. Fugro has a dedicated centre of excellence in Houston... (read more)
2016-06-30 08:30:43

CGG Survey Supports Gabon’s 12th Offshore Licensing Round

Building on the success of its 25,000 km2 3D BroadSeis survey, which led to the recent Boudji-1 and Ivela-1 oil discoveries, CGG is extending its Gabon multi-client data footprint with a 9,800-km long-offset 2D seismic survey in an unexplored deepwater area of the South Basin. A subset of the data over the offered license blocks will be available in advance of Gabon’s 12th offshore licensing round planned for June 2019. The new 2D data will help define the full extent of existing and new plays in the region. It will also aid in understanding the thickness variations in the sediment... (read more)
2019-01-22 10:51:04

Subsea Mining Moves to Continental Shelf

Mining in the deep sea is technically very challenging and at present not economically feasible. However, deposits in coastal areas beneath the shallow, more accessible continental shelf could help to meet the growing demand for mineral resources. This is the conclusion of a group of researchers from GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany, in a contribution in the internationally renowned magazine 'Nature Geoscience'. The demand for raw materials is rising continuously, forcing mining companies to use lower-grade ores and to explore at greater depths. This could lead to a decline in production in the coming decades. Many industrialised... (read more)
2017-02-09 11:05:43

Fugro Performs Strongly in Geotechnical and Survey, Weaker in Subsea

Fugro, headquartered in The Netherlands, has issued an interim business update. The oil and gas market, which is the main market in which the company operates, continues to be strong in most segments relevant to Fugro. Following the global pattern of economic development, the second largest market is infrastructure which - with the exception of Europe - shows some improvement. The overall backlog continues to be healthy and is strengthening further.    On 31 January 2013, the majority of the Geoscience transaction with CGG was completed. Transfer of the airborne and certain other small activities will be completed in the... (read more)
2013-05-08 09:52:10

Changes in Fugro's Top Management

It has been announced that Mr Steenbakker will step down as chairman of the Board of Management of Fugro N.V., The Netherlands, and will leave the company because of a difference of opinion with respect to the vision regarding the direction for the company. This decision was made during the Supervisory Board meeting of 16 November 2012. Mr Paul van Riel, the current vice-chairman of the Board of Management, has been appointed as his successor. Messrs Stephen (Steve) J. Thomson and Mark R.F. Heine have been appointed as successors of Mr Jacob Rüegg (68) who will retire in May 2013.... (read more)
2012-11-19 09:33:24
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