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    Ulstein Verft confirms order for Eidesvik/CGGVeritas seismic ships

    Vessel & ROV News // July 5, 2007

    Ulstein Verft is to build Eidesvik's new SX120 seismic ships.

    Ulstein Verft shipyard in Norway has confirmed that Eidesvik has ordered two ULSTEIN SX120 seismic vessels from the yard, and said the ships will be delivered in the spring of 2010.

    “We’re very happy that Eidesvik chose Ulstein again. The contract with Eidesvik has strengthened our position in the seismic market - a market that is highly interesting and important,” said Gunvor Ulstein, CEO of the Ulstein Group.

    The ships that Eidesvik has ordered will be chartered by the world’s largest seismic company, the newly merged CGG-Veritas. “All but one of our seismic vessels will be sailing on long-term charters with that company,” said Jan Fredrik Meling, Eidesvik’s Managing Director. “This autumn we’ll have six seismic vessels in service, and the Ulstein ships come as an addition to those,” he explained.

    Discussing the Ulstein seismic ship design, Mr Meling said: "The ships are gentle on both the external environment and the working environment onboard. We believe the ULSTEIN X-BOW’s smooth and gentle motion in heavy sea makes it highly suitable for seismic operations.”

    “The bow also helps reduce fuel consumption, which means less pollution. The ships are classified as Clean Designs, meaning they have a double hull and control of operational emissions. We focus on buying the best in the market, and well-being is important. Less noise and hull motion make it more comfortable for the crew. We also maintain a high standard in the day room and have installed an Internet café and a large conference room. ULSTEIN SX120 accommodates 70 persons of which 50 in single cabins,” Mr Meling explained.

    “Physically separate engine and propulsion rooms provide redundant propulsion. This means flexibility in maintenance and more operating time for the ship,” said Mr Meling. He added: “The ships are amongst other classified with NAUT AW class, which means a high standard for safe navigation and view from the bridge, as well as system redundancy and particular requirements for user interface in technical equipment.”

    The new seismic ships will be among the world’s largest of their kind, with a length of 106m and a breadth of 28m.

    Ulstein Elektro will supply much of the electrical installations and systems.

     

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