EMGS Unveils World's First Purpose-Built EM Survey Vessel

EMGS launched the world's first purpose-built EM survey vessel December 15, 2008. This is to enhance hydrocarbon exploration across the world.

The new vessel, the BOA Thalassa, was built by the Norwegian Bergen Group Fosen, and is leased from the owner BOA Offshore on a long-term charter.

Milestone for the EM industry

Terje Eidesmo, EMGS chief executive officer, commented, "This state-of-the-art vessel is a product of more than a decade of experience from more than 400 surveys and 120 vessel months across the world's mature and frontier offshore basins. The introduction of this high-capacity vessel is a milestone for EMGS and our customers, as it will lead the way in a new-generation technology - 3D EM surveying."

"EMGS is experiencing increasing demand for 3D EM surveys, and this development coincides with the launch of this vessel and the recent introduction of our Clearplay services."

Increased survey capacity - 100 or more receivers onboard

EMGS's survey capacity is substantially increased by the vessel's ability to handle a record number of receivers. The BOA Thalassa carries 100 receivers and can double this figure. Surveying efficiency and flexibility is increased by the vessel's high speed, large fuel volume, extensive storage capacity, good fuel consumption and extended weather window.

A fully integrated spare equipment set and a new advanced on-board processing system will enhance the quality and improve the delivery time for EM data.

"Quality, health, safety and environment standards are fundamental to all that we do at EMGS, and have been an integral part of the vessel's design process. This will be a safe and pleasant workplace for our crew and client representatives," said Eidesmo.

The vessel's features include sheltered deck and work spaces, a cinema, a helicopter deck, a hospital ward, conference facilities, a gym and modern workstations with broadband connection.


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