Date: 18 January 2018

GC Rieber Shipping - Shearwater GeoServices awarded large seismic survey for Total and Eni


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Date: 18. January 2018

GC Rieber Shipping: Shearwater GeoServices awarded large seismic survey for Total and Eni

GC Rieber Shipping ASA's 50% owned geoservices company Shearwater GeoServices ("Shearwater") has been awarded a 10,000 square kilometer marine seismic acquisition services contract by Total and Eni for their 2018 exploration program, located approximately 300 kilometers offshore Myanmar. Shearwater will deploy the vessel "Polar Empress" for the survey which is expected to take about six months, commencing in January 2018. 

Irene Waage Basili, CEO of Shearwater commented, "We are pleased to be awarded this significant contract with two oil majors known for their high HSE & quality standards and requirements for leading operational performance. Shearwater has undertaken a significant effort since its inception to pre-qualify for work with major oil companies. We see this recent award as a validation of that strategy, and appreciate the positive engagement of our clients to achieve this".

Total and Eni are the operators of the two blocks to be surveyed, YWB and MD-04, off the coast of Myanmar.

The "Polar Empress" vessel was built in 2015, has a capacity of up to 22 streamers, and is one of the most powerful and efficient seismic vessels in the world.

This contract is the second significant recent award to Shearwater, following the November award by a NOC for a 5-6 months contract for which it started mobilizing the vessels "Polar Duchess" and "Polar Marquis" in December.

"The seismic market remains challenging, but on the back of a solid operational performance in 2017 in combination with recently awarded contracts, Shearwater is well positioned through the winter season and for 2018 as a whole", says Irene Waage Basili.

Shearwater GeoServices is a marine geophysical services company jointly owned by GC Rieber Shipping ASA and RASMUSSENGRUPPEN AS.  The company has a fleet of four modern seismic vessels, a broad offering of high quality geophysical services including advanced software, processing and acquisition techniques, and two owners with complementary skills and collectively a long experience in the industry.

For further information:

Christian W. Berg, CEO, GC Rieber Shipping, phone: +47 97 40 55 53

Irene Waage Basili, CEO, Shearwater GeoServices, phone: +47 90 09 86 88

About GC Rieber Shipping:

GC Rieber Shipping's business within offshore/shipping includes ownership in specialized vessels, high quality marine ship management and project development within the segments subsea, ice/support and marine seismic.

The group has a specialized competence in offshore operations in harsh environments as well as design, development and maritime operation of offshore vessels.

GC Rieber Shipping currently operates and has direct and indirect ownership in 11 advanced special purpose vessels for defined markets within the subsea, ice/support and marine seismic segments.

The company has its headquarter and a ship management office in Bergen, and an additional ship management company in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Russia). The company is listed on Oslo BÝrs with ticker RISH.

Further information is available on the company's website www.gcrieber-shipping.com.

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.