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    Sovcomflot expands fleet with advanced seismic vessel

    Vessel & ROV News // September 19, 2011

    On 16 September 2011 a new seismic exploration for Sovcomflot (SCF), Vyacheslav Tikhonov, was formally named by the company. Russian PM Vladimir Putin and other high government and business officials took part in the ceremony.

    The vessel is designed for geophysical exploration on the continental shelf of the Arctic and sub-Arctic seas, operating in harsh weather and ice conditions.

    Immediately after the ceremony Vyacheslav Tikhonov started working under contract conducting seismic exploration work for the Tuapse Trough Project on behalf of OAO NK Rosneft and ExxonMobil. The ship will be operated jointly by SCF and OAO Sevmorneftegeofizika - one of the leading Russian seismic companies.

    The two companies participated together in the tender by OAO Rosneft, for the implementation of marine seismic surveys on the continental shelf in the Black Sea, during 2011-2012.

    Previously, SCF Group had acquired the ship under a bareboat charter agreement with Polarcus, one of the world’s leading companies specializing marine seismic exploration.

    The high-tech X-bow 3D seismic exploration vessel was completed in August 2011.

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