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Geoquip Marine is currently operating its offshore Drilling Spread comprising the GREATSHIP MANISHA and the newly commissioned Geoquip Marine Twin Ram Drilling Rig (GMTR120).



Geoquip Marine AG

Geoquip Marine AG, a leading geotechnical engineering and offshore drilling company,  informs about an upcoming project in conjunction with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP) and the British Geological Survey (BGS). 

The project team will investigate the conditions at and beneath the seabed in the Baltic sea by means of drilling into and sampling cross sections of the earth’s crust at extreme water depths not reachable until recent technological developments. The mission will help reconstruct conditions on the planet 140 thousand years ago and implications for the climate change issues we are currently facing. The drill ship has embarked on its mission to uncover the past and the following is an outline of the project:

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP) has launched its latest expedition in the Baltic Sea. Drill holes are planned along the eastern and southern coast of Sweden and off the eastern coast of Denmark. The IODP is an international research organization that conducts seagoing expeditions to study the earth’s history recorded in the sediments and rocks beneath the seafloor. 

By drilling into the Seabed of the Baltic Sea at depths between 450m to 500m metres, scientists hope to reconstruct the climate and sea conditions in the area over the past 140‘000 years. For the research to be successful high quality rock and sediment samples need to be retrieved from the beneath ocean floor. For this challenging task the scientists rely on the expertise of Geoquip Marine and the British Geological Survey (BGS). Drilling at these depths is a highly challenging, complex procedure which requires specialist knowledge and equipment.

Geoquip Marine have chartered the „Greatship Manisha“, a 2010 built DP2 vessel with LoA of 94 m and a 6 m x 5.3 m moonpool. Due to its size and positioning technology it is more stable in adverse weather conditions enabling the ship to continue work whilst smaller vessels are forced to cease drilling. Having installed a „moonpool plug“, a seal covering the moonpool during transit, the ship’s fuel efficiency is increased, further reducing the carbon footprint of the ship. To keep the drilling accurate in rough conditions, Geoquip Marine also provides the geotechnical heave compensated GMTR120 Twin Derrick Drill rig which can drill, core and sample in water depths of up to 3000m. The high degree of professionalism of the three collaborating parties will contribute to the success of this milestone project.

The project has attracted the attention of the media. A film crew will make a documentary of the proceedings which will be offered to the national Danish TV station DR1. For more information about the project and the parties involved please visit the corresponding websites or feel free to contact us.

Geoquip Marine:

Source: Timothy Wright
GEOQUIP Marine AG, 9001 St. Gallen (Switzerland)

September 9, 2013


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