Geoquip Marine expands fleet

Swiss-based offshore geotechnical data acquisition specialist Geoquip Marine has bolstered its fleet with the acquisition of a 2002-built integrated geotechnical survey vessel (IGSV), Geoquip Elena.

The Norwegian-built dive support vessel, formerly known as Global Orion, was purchased from Ranger Offshore for an undisclosed sum and is set to convert into a specialist deep push cone penetration testing vessel to meet the growing demand from offshore wind farm developers, particularly in Europe and North America.

“The company has experienced tremendous growth in the last few years and the demand for offshore wind power continues to gather greater momentum. The extra capacity the vessel provides will significantly reduce waiting times for developers in these areas,” said Stewart Higginson, chief executive of Geoquip Marine.

The Geoquip Elena joins five other DP2 and four-point moored vessels in the company’s fleet, which provide a range of offshore geotechnical survey services.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.
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