Thursday, September 07, 2006


The Atlantic Explorer (IMO: 8610667, Port of registry: Nassau, Bahamas) berthed last night at the Waalhaven, Rotterdam. The vessel is a Seismographic research ship owned by PGS Geophysical AS and is capable of detecting all kinds of underground fields, such as oil fields by using 3D techniques (see picture below). Seismic data and 3D seismic data in particular are fundamental in the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons. These data are used to assess prospectivity and identify potential hydrocarbon resources, to perform detailed mapping of the reservoirs in the field development phase, and to monitor how the reservoirs are being drained during the production phase.

As the industry’s second six streamer ship, the Atlantic Explorer became the first vessel to offer full onboard seismic data processing in 1994. Working in Angola during 1996, the Atlantic Explorer became the first six streamer vessel to acquire over 1000 square kilometers of data in a month.

The ship is 91 meters long, 17 meters wide and was built in 1987 by Helles√ły Verft AS, Norway.

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