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Marine Log

Ulstein SX124

May 31, 2007

First X-bowed seismic ships

Newly formed Dubai-based 3-D seismic specialist Eastern Echo has ordered four seismic vessel at Astillero Barrera, Vigo, Spain.

The ships will be of Ulstein SX124 design. They will be the first seismic vessels of Ulstein design and will be built with the Ulstein X-bow. In total, five shipowners have chosen this new bow concept.

Eastern Echo director Peter Zickerman says the the X-bow- concept is "interesting and an improvement compared to traditional ship designs. We are convinced this will be a good design for us, particularly with regard to the environment", says Director Peter Zickerman of Eastern Echo.

"It is very important to us that the crew have good, safe working conditions," says Zickerman, "and we believe this design will be an important contribution towards that end."

Ulstein Design sales manager Lars Stale Skoge of Ulstein Design says the contracts are a breakthrough for Ulstein Design and the new bow concept in the seismology market.

"We commend the shipping company for the faith they have shown in us by committing to these new designs," he says.

"Most of the main equipment will also be delivered by Ulstein Design," says Skoge. "The contracts amount to approximately NOK 400 million [about $66 million]. Many of the project's financial backers are Norwegian, as are many of Ulstein Design's subcontractors. Ulstein Elektro has extensive system deliveries and ODIM will be supplying a complete handling solution for seismic equipment."

The first ship will be ready for operation at the end of 2008 and the three remaining ships will be delivered a few months apart during 2009. All four ships will operate worldwide. They are equipped for 3D seismology and have up to 10 streamer winches each.