Norway-based Reach Subsea has secured a contract with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) for a marine mining project in the mid-Atlantic ridge north of Jan Mayen.
Financed by the Research Council of Norway (RCN), the MarMine project will deploy remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV), autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and grabs for seabed mapping and sampling for geological and biological research related to marine mining.
Reach Subsea CEO Jostein Alendal said: "We are pleased to be part of a very exciting project together with NTNU and the other MarMine partners, and to utilise our know-how in a new market segment."
MarMine project expedition lead Martin Ludvigsen said: "A modern and well-equipped offshore vessel gives the project the best possible premises to succeed."
Reach Subsea signed an agreement with Rieber Shipping to use its CSV Polar King ship to undertake the contract.
The contract will be carried out for about three weeks.
MarMine project manager Kurt Aasly said: "The project appreciate that we are able to utilise equipment and competence from the oil and gas industry for use in the subsea mining segment."
Image: Reach Subsea will use Rieber Shipping’s Polar King vessel to execute the contract. Photo: © Reach Subsea.