Skipsteknisk AS to design world's largest seismic research shipVessel & ROV News // December 2, 2005
Skipsteknisk AS of Aalesund, Norway has secured a design and engineering contract for a new vessel that will be the largest seismic research vessel in the world.
The ship has been ordered by E Forland Shipowners AS in Bergen, Norway, and will be built by Bergen Yards and delivered in July 2007.
The design, designated ST-32, has a length overall of 100.8m and a beam of 24m. The accommodation will be arranged for 71 people and will be highly focused on high degree of comfort for the crew. There will be cinema, swimming pool, fitness area as well as internet café onboard. All crew members will have their own cabin.
The ship is the subject of a long-term charter from Fugro-Geoteam AS, the initial period being six years, with an option for a four-year extension.
The new seismic ship will be capable of deploying 12 streamers from a 28m wide cable deck. Skipsteknisk says the focus of the design is on efficient and safe seismic operations, as well as low operation cost, good seakeeping, and low outboard and inboard noise. The design is also optimised to take onboard supplies and crew -including crew changes - by helicopter. This will enable the ship to be offshore for long periods only requiring port calls for special reasons.