MSI is pleased to announce the successful completion of a deepwater measurement campaign offshore Portugal, having achieved 100% data return across multiple mooring locations. MSI was contracted by Calecore, on behalf of Repsol, to profile currents at two separate locations in over 750m water depth. Although MSI has a wealth of global experience, having operated in almost 40 countries, this project marks the first time the company has worked in Portuguese waters.

The moorings consisted of multiple ADCPs and Aquadopp current meters, spaced across the full depth of the water column, in order to provide a high-resolution image of the complex current interactions at each location. Deployment took place from Calecore’s multi-role vessel Kommandor Calum in April 2014.

As the client required data urgently, both moorings were retrieved, serviced, and redeployed in May. The Portuguese Hydrographic Institute provided the Almirante Gago Coutinho vessel for this purpose. Use of this vessel also provided trainee personnel of the Portuguese Navy an excellent opportunity to hone their skills, assisting with retrieval operations. The Almirante Gago Coutinho was again utilized when MSI successfully recovered and demobilised both moorings in June and July. The entire campaign was completed with zero HSE incidents.

Speaking on behalf of Calecore, Roland Coomber commented “Successful collaboration with our subcontractor partners MSI and Benthic Solutions, respectively providing the oceanographic and environmental content, enabled Calecore to safely deliver a truly multi disciplined site survey project for our client with minimal (2%) downtime”

While this is the first project that MSI and Calecore have collaborated on, MSI has previously deployed instrumentation on behalf of Repsol in waters off Namibia. This project also achieved 100% data return.