Harlingen-based SeaZip Offshore Service and Amsterdam-based Deep Hydrography & Geophysics will jointly operate a DP1 ice-class survey and ROV vessel.
Effective from 15 April, SeaZip and Deep will provide hydrographic and maritime expert services onboard the 42-meter vessel – the SeaZip Fix.
Jan Reier Arends, SeaZip’s managing director/Owner, said: “The SeaZip Fix has the qualities which are required to conduct all kinds of surveys on the open sea 24/7. We take care of the ship management, while the Deep experts guarantee that the SeaZip Fix is rapidly customized to the needs of the specific survey operations.”
The vessel is equiped for surface and underwater positioning. In addition to standard equipment it has an option for multibeam echo-sounder, a side-scan sonar, a UXO gradiometer array and a sub-bottom profiler.
SeaZip Fix was built in Norway in 1981 and fully refitted in Denmark in 2015.
Jurgen Beerens, Deep’s commercial director, said: “We have been looking for a larger survey vessel for quite some time and are aware of the differences in demand with respect to ship management. We are seizing the opportunity to jump onto the bandwagon with SeaZip, because it provides us with an unparalleled proposition: a fully-fledged sea-going vessel with a high-grade level of equipment for conducting hydrographic, geophysical and geotechnical surveys. With a boost: the option to hire our experienced hydrographic surveyors and state-of-the-art equipment so as to add to the clients’ own skills and expertise. Our aim is to minimize mobilisation and demobilisation periods for the hiring party.”