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    WG Columbus completes maiden voyage

    Vessel & ROV News // April 3, 2009

    WG Columbus is the first seismic ship with the ULSTEIN X BOW.

    The seismic vessel WG Columbus, recently delivered to WesternGeco, has completed her maiden Atlantic crossing to her first assignment in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The ULSTEIN SX124 vessel was built at the Barreras shipyard in Vigo, Spain.

    The yard said there was what it called "positive feedback" from the trial run earlier this year.

    “The shipowner was indeed happy that the ship could maintain a speed of 15 knots in 55 knot winds and 3-4m high waves,” said Ulstein Design's project manager Mikal Warholm.

    “Mick Richardson from WesternGeco reported that the ship sailed smoothly and steadily through rough weather.”

    This is the first seismic vessel built with an ULSTEIN X-BOW. She will dock in Miami in a few days for adjustments in the seismic track steering in the DP system with the seismic equipment deployed at sea. This is part of the preliminary testing prior to the WG Columbus’s first assignment in the Gulf of Mexico.

    In December 2007 WesternGeco purchased Eastern Echo, which then had four seismic vessels of Ulstein Design under construction at the Barreras yard in Spain, and an additional two ULSTEIN SX124 vessels at Drydocks World in Dubai.

    WG Columbus was completed first, to be followed by the others later this year.


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