(Asia-Pacific) - Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd. (ST Marine) has won a contract to convert a fishing trawler into a seismic research vessel for ZhuoZhou city, China-based BGP Inc., which is owned by the China National Petroleum Corp.
The $10.5 million contract involves lengthening a 68-m fishing trawler to an 83-m, 6/8 streamer seismic vessel, adding two sponsons (side tanks), a new hanger deck, and helideck, says ST Marine.
Work on the seismic survey boat, theBGP Pioneer, would start immediately with delivery in 4Q 2006.
It would be the first seismic research vessel for BGP, which traditionally provides onshore and shallow water as well as transition zone seismic services globally.
"This is strategically a key project for BGP. The converted vessel will support BGP's inroad into offshore seismic survey operations," says BGP Offshore senior VP Jiang Geng.
Operating out of the northern Hebei province, the 1961-incoporated BGP fields 94 land seismic crews, eight shallow water and transition zone crews, seven VSP crews, and 20 non-seismic crews operating in 19 countries on four continents for more than 66 energy companies.