Ulsan, 11 October 2019 – Helms Geomarine Sdn Bhd (Helms) has completed the first half of its geotechnical investigation campaign in offshore Korea. This Korean government project involves geotechnical borehole drilling (collecting continuous undisturbed soil samples) of up to 100 meters below seabed for the purpose geological seismicity studies and mapping.
The drilling operation was carried out by the geotechnical vessel Patra Offshore with a good station keeping via a 4-point mooring system in water depths of up to 156 meters. The first half of the campaign covers the area from offshore Jeju Island to offshore Ulsan area.
Technical Manager, Syahril Ikhwan who is also onboard the vessel acting as the Party Chief said, “The marine and drilling crew have proven that despite the new challenges that they are facing here in Korea such as colder temperature and deeper water, they are still able to perform and deliver.”
The 60-meter geotechnical vessel is now remobilizing for the second half of the campaign in Pohang Port after taking shelter from the effects of Typhoon Hagibis. The next phase will cover the offshore Pohang area in water depths of nearly 200 meters and will involve the provision of downhole cone penetration tests (CPTs).