18 November 2010

Mstislav Keldysh, the vessel known for its Titanic’s survey, helps Shtokman

The Research vessel “Academik Mstislav Keldysh” has finalized a season of surveys in the Shtokman Gas-Condensate Field area.

Detailed engineering surveys in the area of the Shtokman Gas-Condensate Field and along the route of the future subsea pipeline & fiber-optic communications cable had taken exactly three months. Alexander Kayurin (Photo), Head of Expedition, told that the study had focused on 4 anchor clusters, 3 drill template sites and other subsea objects.

A detailed mapping of sea bed (resolution 0.5 m) and continuous seismic profiling were performed using a special ROV “Panther”.

All the works planned for the season had been performed and after a short stay in the seaport of Murmansk Mstislav Keldysh went to its home port in Kaliningrad.

Mstislav Keldysh gained a worldwide fame thanks to the Hollywood blockbuster “Titanic” by James Cameron. Manned submersibles “Mir-1” and “Mir-2” descended from the ship to the place of the British liner’s death for underwater shooting of the documentary film.

The vessel is owned by the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Science, but besides Mstislav Keldysh the Institute has a fleet of 7 other ships, including the research vessel “Professor Shtokman” which gave the name to the gas condensate field, discovered in 1988.