Eastern Echo to build four X BOW seismic vesselsVessel & ROV News // June 5, 2007
Eastern Echo's SX124s are the first seismic ships with the X BOW.
A newly formed company based in Dubai, Eastern Echo, has awarded a contract to Ulstein Group for four ULSTEIN SX124 seismic vessels that will be built in Spain.
These will be the first seismic vessels of Ulstein design and will be built with the ULSTEIN X-BOW. In total, five shipowners have now chosen the new bow concept.
”Ulstein Design is a young ship design company that has gained much interest worldwide. The contracts with Eastern Echo are important for Ulstein Design, as their portfolio also will cover the seismic area. The engineering department of Ulstein Verft are busy in the development of the project, and for Ulstein Elektro these contracts are all-time highest. The international focus in Ulstein Design is thus important for the Ulstein Group in total," said deputy CEO, Tore Ulstein.
“The ULSTEIN X-BOW concept is interesting and an improvement compared to traditional ship designs. We are convinced this will be a good design for us, particularly with regard to the environment”, said Eastern Echo's Director Peter Zickerman. "It is very important to us that the crew have good, safe working conditions, and we believe this design will be an important contribution towards that end.”
Lars Ståle Skoge, sales manager at Ulstein Design, said the contracts are a breakthrough for Ulstein Design and the new bow concept in the seismic market.
“We commend the shipping company for the faith they have shown in us by committing to these new designs,” he said. "Most of the main equipment is also delivered by Ulstein Design. The contracts amount to approximately NKr 400 million. Many of the project’s financial backers are Norwegian, as are many of Ulstein Design’s sub-contractors. ODIM will be supplying a complete handling solution for seismic equipment."
The vessels will be built at the Barreras shipyard in Vigo, Spain. The first ship will be ready for operation at the end of 2008 and the three remaining ships will be delivered during 2009.
All four ships will operate worldwide, and will be equipped for 3-D seismic operations and have up to 10 streamer winches each.