Shanghai Offshore Petroleum Bureau (Sinopec) took delivery of the FA XIAN6 seismic research vessel.
The vessel is a Rolls-Royce UT 830 CD design, and is the first of its type to be built in China. It is equipped with a package of Rolls-Royce power and propulsion systems, as well as advanced automated handling systems for deploying seismic equipment.
Built by Shanghai Shipyard Co., FA XIAN6 has been delivered to Sinopec, expanding its current fleet of seismic and geophysical exploration survey vessels. During research missions the vessel will tow up to 14 streamers, each 12km long.
Anders Almestad, Rolls-Royce, president-Offshore, said: "We would like to congratulate Shanghai Offshore Petroleum Bureau on the successful delivery of FA XIAN6. The vessel design and advanced equipment on board are developed to meet the high standards demanded by seismic research vessels, enabling the customer to operate safely and efficiently in deep seas. The combination of our vessel design and advanced equipment package make the FA XIAN6 one of the most sophisticated Rolls-Royce vessels at sea."
Image: FA XIAN6 seismic vessel