Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) will soon receive fresh new research vessels constructed and polished by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co, the famous South Korean shipbuilder.
The length of this ULSTEIN SX134 design vessel will be 92 metres and the width will be about 21 metres. This vessel design will satiate the general needs of the seismic and oceanographic research industry for operations of seismic streamer cables, seismic high-resolution seafloor mapping, seismic bottom nodes, seafloor survey and sediment sampling.
There are a variety of advanced pieces of equipment fitted on the vessel including 3D/4D seismic eight streamer system and a finely high-resolution 2D/3D seismic P-cable system. The other significant equipment includes a multi-component OBN acquisition system, Multibeam and Single-beam echosounders and auxiliary equipment for in sea acoustic sounding systems. This model also assimilates a Deep Sea Chirp Sub-bottom profiler, a High Profile Underwater Positioning system, and an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP). Additionally, it also encompasses equipment capable of geochemical analysis that aid the researchers onboard.
About thirty researches would be conducted by this vessel design with an onboard crew of about 20 members. As per the designer Ulstein, the X-BOW hull line of the model will assist in the mitigation of slamming and vibrations for refined onboard comfort, reduction in speed losses and fuel consumption, environmental footprint, and amplifying operability. The Chief Officer on one of Ulstein’s previous seismic research vessels affirmed that the calm movements in the X-BOW vessels hugely impact the well-being of the crew onboard.