A new Turkish seismic survey vessel, which was designed and built by Turkish engineers, is to be launched next week.
The ‘Turkuaz’ built by the Mineral Research and Exploration Institute (MTA) can search for oil and natural gas in the polar regions and the oceans. The launch ceremony will be attended by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz, next week.
MTA says that that ‘Turkuaz’ is not only a seismic vessel, but also has up-to-date geological, geophysical, hydrographical equipment and remote control robot systems. Thus, the ship can collect data from the seas, evaluate them in laboratories and analyse samples collected from the sea bed. It also has a helipad that reaches international standards.
Besides the continental shelf of Turkey, ‘Turkuaz’ has the capacity to search for oil at the poles, oceans and hotly disputed regions like the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and Eastern Mediterranean. It can also create earthquake maps of Turkey, research climate change, marine pollution and life on the seabed. ‘Turkuaz’ will also be available for use by public institutions.
Turkey now has two seismic survey vessels at its disposal – the ‘Barbaros’ which is owned by Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), and ‘Turkuaz’, owned by the MTA.