Superport Marine Services Ltd., of Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Canada, purchased the research / survey vessel Geosounder (ex- Geograph, Sea Beam, Anne Bravo) from DOF Subsea Pte. Ltd. of Bergen, Norway.
The 57.9m x 10.2m x 6.4m depth, Panamanian flag vessel was orginally built in 1972 by Martin Jansen GmbH & Co. in Leer, Germany and converted in 1987, 1990 and 1996. In 2006, she also underwent an extensive upgrade at a cost of about US$ 2 million. The vessel is powered by a single B&W Alpha 10V23LU diesel developing 920kW or 1,250HP at 800RPM driving a controllable pitch prop. Maneuvering and station keeping was assisted by 450HP CP bow and 600HP CP Ulstein stern thrusters with a Robertson SDP-600 system, HPR 310 and HiPap.
Geosounder is well appointed with lifting gear including an aft 8 tonne SWL “A” frame at 6m height, one Stromme 2 tonne at 10m hydraulic articulating crane, one Heile 18t/m crane plus a 15 tonne “A” frame amidships. Ship's power is provided by one 150kW, three 96kW and two 40kW 440vAC 60Hz generators. Accommodations are fitted for a maximum of 36 persons on board in 10 single and 13 double cabins with dayrooms, offices, gym, mess and full galley. Vessel was originally classed DNV + 1A1 ICE-C.
Geosounder was delivered under her own power from Norway to Nova Scotia and new owners are planning to put her promptly to work on the Eastern Canadian coast. This is the second survey / research vessel that Marcon has sold to this Buyer.
Marcon International acted as the broker for the Buyer and Fearnley Offshore for the Seller.