Huge demand for seismic vessels – tenfold increase in classification requestsNews // June 15, 2007
The booming global economy and high oil prices have led to strong demand for seismic ships, so much so that classification society DNV has experienced a tenfold increase in classification requests compared to previous years.
"A growing global economy has led to a strong demand for oil, with high oil prices as a consequence. The search for new offshore hydrocarbon deposits is therefore more active than ever, and the demand for modern seismic vessels is booming," noted DNV. "While the newbuilding activity for these vessels was nearly non-existent just a couple of years ago, the demand is now very strong."
At present, there are 20 seismic research ships under construction awaiting DNV classification. In 2004, there was only one.