CGG Launches New Flagship Vessel

CGG has launched the Geo Challenger, the new flagship of its 13-vessel strong seismic fleet.

The new 3D/4D HR vessel was recently converted at a Norwegian shipyard to 12 tow-point capacity and equipped with 80 km of new Sercel Sentinel solid streamers. It is the first seismic vessel in the world to operate with this new cutting-edge solid streamer technology.

The introduction of this new multi-purpose vessel will allow the international offshore exploration community to benefit from its flexibility to perform the full range of high-resolution, wide-azimuth 3D/4D acquisition services. Clients have already started securing the availability of the vessel which has a backlog through the first half of 2007. The Geo Challenger is currently conducting its first campaign in the North Sea and is scheduled for the Asia-Pacific region later in the year.

Christophe Pettenati Auziere, President of Geophysical Services, commented: "The launch of the Geo Challenger, which will be followed by the upgrade of the Symphony to Sercel Sentinel solid streamers and 14 tow-point capacity, consolidates the ranking of our fleet in the top tier of the offshore seismic industry. These advanced vessels are specifically designed to meet industry demand for ever improved seismic images by offering the very best in offshore acquisition capability based on CGG's Eye-D technology solutions."

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