Are IMO regulations tough enough to keep national governments from imposing stricter measures?

Only partly
No--expect a slew of regional regs!

Marine Log

Seismic duo

July 5, 2007

Eidesvik orders X-bow seismic ships

Eidesvik has ordered two large, state-of-the-art seismic vessels of the type Ulstein SX120 from Ulstein Verft. The ships will be delivered in spring 2010. The contract's total value is about NOK 1.3 billion (about $223 million) and includes an option for a third vessel.

The ships will be among the world's largest of their kind, with a length of 106 meters and a maximum width of 28 meters.

"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," says Gunvor Ulstein, CEO of the Ulstein Group

The ships that Eidesvik has ordered will be contracted by the world's largest seismic company, CGG-Veritas.

They will feature the innovative Ulstein X-Bow.

"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," says says Jan Fredrik Meling, Eidesvik's Managing Director.

"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," says Meling. "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 cafe and a large conference room."

The SX120 accommodates 70 persons, 50 of them in single cabins.

"Physically separate engine and propulsion rooms provide redundant propulsion. This means flexibility in maintenance and more operating time for the ship," says Meling.

The ships are equipped with 20 streamer winches with 18 corresponding towing points.