news RV JOIDES Resolution to Get Face Lift Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI), a consortium of 31 U.S. oceanographic research institutions, announced that Overseas Drilling Limited has signed a contract with Jurong Shipyard PTE LTD for the overhaul and enhancement of the research vessel JOIDES Resolution, a 20-year workhorse for scientific seabed exploration and observation. The shipyard contract was signed April 9, 2007, and covers work through the end of 2007, when the vessel is to be delivered for sea trials before returning to service for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) in early 2008. Overseas Drilling Limited (ODL) is owned 50% by a subsidiary of Transocean Inc., the world's largest offshore drilling contractor, and 50% by Siem Offshore Inc., an offshore vessel owner and operator for the oil and gas industry. ODL is the owner of the vessel and a subcontractor to the Texas A&M Research Foundation (TAMRF), a partner with JOI. The renovation plans, paid for mostly by the National Science Foundation and partly by ODL, include: State-of-the-art upgrades to the shipıs science laboratories and facilities; Augmentation of logging and drilling capabilities; All -new, expanded and refined accommodations; Refurbishment and renewal of ship equipment and infrastructure. Advanced safety and environment safeguards. During the past three years, the JOIDES Resolution has been the U.S. platform for the IODP. For the majority of the previous two decades, the ship was employed by the Ocean Drilling Program, predecessor to the IODP. Jeff Fox, director of science operations at IODP at Texas A&M University, said "The JOIDES Resolution has been our wagon train, allowing the world's scien- tists to explore and read the record of our planet's history and to monitor ongoing processes. We will be much better able to do this as a result of this transformational enhancement, which is made possible by the National Science Foundationıs generous support." The newly refurbished and enhanced research facility, which is the U.S. contribution to the international IODP fleet, will join the Japanese-built Chikyu and Europeansponsored mission-specific vessels. Mark Smock, president and CEO of Texas A&M Research Foundation, said "The Foundation is excited at this opportunity to combine a longtime relationship with its partners in support of scientific ocean drilling. We are particularly excited to contribute to an initiative to create an enhanced scientific drilling capability that will ensure continued scientific discoveries far into the future." 18 MTR May 2007
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