Fugro, Colombian Maritime Authority wrap up seep hunting study in Caribbean Sea

Geophysical services provider Fugro and the Colombian Maritime Authority (DIMAR) have completed a joint environmental seep hunting study to help assess the country’s resource potential in the Caribbean Sea.

Crew aboard the ARC Roncador; Image: Fugro

Fugro said on Tuesday that the study involved shallow-water seabed sediment coring, geochemical analyses, and seabed heat flow measurements.

The company added that it also provided classroom and vessel-based training to DIMAR personnel.

Luis Olarte, project manager for DIMAR, stated: “This project and training were carried out to support DIMAR’s strategic objectives, including developing the skills of our personnel, and producing technical and scientific information to support Colombia’s maritime authority.”

The field program was conducted in two phases onboard DIMAR’s new multipurpose hydrographic vessel, the ARC Roncador.

Fugro mobilized specialized equipment for the testing, including two self-contained laboratories and a heat flow probe.

Jim Gharib, Fugro’s global manager for seep hunting and geochemical exploration, said: “We are grateful for this opportunity to have partnered with DIMAR and provided training to their personnel in our areas of expertise.

“Operations were carried out safely and successfully, and Fugro appreciates this opportunity to create a partnership with DIMAR and to demonstrate our commitment to Colombian scientific and business objectives now and in the future.”


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