PGS charters four seismic support vesselsVessel & ROV News // November 16, 2012
Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has signed charter agreements with PF THOR for four new seismic support vessels to assist its seismic operations worldwide.
The vessels will be built at Besiktas in Turkey, owned and operated by PF THOR and chartered by PGS on 10 year time charter contracts, with options for additional extension.
The new vessels will provide support for PGS' fleet of seismic vessels during operation, covering offshore bunkering, crew change assistance, supply of provision and spare parts, as well as support during in-sea maintenance of the seismic equipment.
The vessels are purpose-designed for seismic support services in order to improve efficiency at sea for the seismic vessels. They offer a wide range of capabilities, including ice class 1A, passenger capacity for transporting a full seismic crew, extra workboat, towing capability and ability to carry and transfer fuel oil at sea.
"Equipped with modern, efficient propulsion systems the vessels will be performing their tasks with minimal fuel consumption, enabling fuel cost savings up to 60 per cent from the vessels we use today," said PGS.
Delivery of the vessels will take place from thr third quarter of 2014 onwards, replacing older, inefficient, capacity as well as adding necessary support for the new Ramform Titan class vessels, of which the first will be delivered in 2013.