The EGS Group just launched the latest addition to its fleet of multipurpose survey vessels. The Bold Explorer is a former Stalwart-class vessel from the US Navy and it is the sister ship of the Geo Resolution who joined the EGS fleet in 2014.
As a former specialist surveillance ship, this 68m long vessel is designed to be acoustically quiet which means the acoustic sensors such as the seismic and multibeam systems have a higher signal to noise ratio and as such, superior data quality when compared to conventional none specialist vessels. The conversion was done in Singapore in Q1 2020 and after a series of trials in the South China Sea, the Bold Explorer completed mobilization for its first contract in April.
EGS selected the latest product offerings from Kongsberg including a full-ocean depth EM124 multibeam echosounder, a high resolution shallow water EM2040C multibeam echosounder, a GeoPulse 16 elements hull-mounted pinger and a HiPAP 502 USBL system. The vessel is equipped with a series of winches for deployment of geophysical and geotechnical equipment to 2,000m water depth. In addition, the vessel is permanently mobilized with a Neptune 3000 Seabed CPT, various sampling devices and a dedicated survey launch for inshore surveys.
Full Vessel Specifications are available here.
Watch the Bold Explorer’s video footage in below.