Ulsan, 23 October 2019 – Helms Geomarine Sdn Bhd (HELMS) has successfully completed its second geotechnical investigation project in offshore Korea for a total of six 100m boreholes involving drilling, sampling and downhole cone penetration tests (CPTs). In May last year, HELMS carried out 55 Seabed CPTs and 37 Vibrocores from Banpo to Jeju Island via a DP vessel.
All the geotechnical personnel for both projects were Malaysians. With two outstanding track records in Korea under its belt, HELMS plans to mobilize a Korean-flag DP2 vessel for next year’s geotechnical campaign in light of the deepwater operations and variable weather pattern. Party Chief, Syahril Ikhwan said, “Compared to Taiwan, the sea and weather condition in Korea is much more difficult to predict due to the constantly changing current, swell and wind directions which changes in a matter of hours due to typhoon impact coming from Taiwan, China and the Pacific through Japan.”
Patra Offshore is now enroute to South China Sea for a project in the Natuna Islands, Indonesia comprising a few boreholes and CPTs to 100m each below seabed. Having performed over 60 boreholes throughout Southeast Asia and the Far East since last year, the Patra Offshore will now be permanently based in Southeast Asia to undertake geotechnical survey projects in Indonesia and the region.