SeaBird reports on third quarter vessel utilization

Company News - October 6, 2008

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SeaBird Exploration Limited has announced details of its vessel utilization for the third quarter of 2008. For this purpose vessel utilization is defined as the percentage of the full quarter where the vessel is in paid work either in the form of acquisition, mobilization, demobilization, steaming, standby or other.
SeaBird had nine vessels in operation in the third quarter with an average vessel utilization of around 84 per cent for the full quarter which is down from 87 per cent for the second quarter of 2008. 
Four of the vessels (Aquila Explorer, Harrier Explorer, Northern Explorer and Hawk Explorer) were on time charter contracts for the whole quarter and had an average vessel utilization and chargeable time of 94 per cent.

Kondor Explorer ended a long contract with CGGVeritas at the end of August and consequently the vessel utilization was around 59 per cent. "We are working with alternative employment options for Kondor Explorer," said Tim Isden, CEO of SeaBird Exploration.
Osprey Explorer continued to acquire data at the East-Coast of India for the whole quarter even though this is monsoon season in the region with utilisation of 91 per cent. Acquisition rates have been above expectations during the monsoon. Northern Explorer will join Osprey Explorer on the India projects post monsoon season. 
Munin Explorer was working on various contracts in Africa and had a vessel utilization of 88 per cent. Geo Mariner started the quarter with a time-consuming transit due to adverse weather conditions from Africa to a survey in the Middle-East. Vessel utilization for Geo Mariner was above 95 per cent. 
Hugin Explorer completed successful maritime and seismic sea-trials at the end of the second quarter and completed a short undershoot survey in the North Sea in July. She is now in Angola on her first full scale ocean bottom node survey for Total and has by the end of the third quarter had deployed in excess of 100 nodes. 

Vessel utilization for the quarter of around 50 per cent is not representative of a full operating quarter as 30 per cent of the time was used for unpaid final commissioning prior to her mobilization to Angola. For the remaining part of the third quarter her utilization has been around 82 per cent. Reported revenues for the vessel for the third quarter are therefore not representative.
"We expect to recognize consolidated revenues for the third quarter around the level of the second quarter of 2008, where reported revenues were US$55.6 million," Mr Isden concluded.


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