PGS Supports Crowdsourced Bathymetry Initiative

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From 2020, all vessels in the PGS fleet will share bathymetry information collected using echo sounders with The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project. The project aims to map the entire ocean floor by the year 2030.

The bathymetric data will support Seabed 2030's crowdsourced bathymetry initiative – benefitting seafarers in the form of updated and more accurate sea charts.

An agreement to this effect was signed between PGS and Seabed 2030 during the Sustainable Ocean Summit in Paris.

PGS operates a fleet of seismic vessels that traverse the world’s oceans and work in regions ranging from the developed to the unchartered. The fleet represents a unique opportunity to collect ocean data as the vessels not only conduct long transits between projects but also undertake detailed surveying and data collection over time in the areas where PGS acquires seismic surveys.

Recognizing the uniqueness of PGS coverage and volume of ocean data, the Company launched an initiative to release surplus environmental data from ocean surveys and activities for research on ocean development in March 2017.

Contributing to Seabed 2030 is a perfect fit with PGS’ global data-sharing initiative and in line with the Company’s corporate responsibility commitment to be a responsible user of the world’s oceans.

“For us, it makes perfect sense to support Seabed 2030. In PGS, safety comes first and what could be better than to share data we already have to improve the safety of all seafarers, including our own,”  according to Rob Adams, Senior Vice President, New Ventures.

“We are delighted to have PGS as an official partner to Seabed 2030,” commented Dr. Graham Allen, Acting Director, Seabed 2030. “We believe that the agreement between us will make a sustainable contribution to Seabed 2030, which has already mapped 15% of the ocean floor, doubling its coverage from the 6.4% mapped in 2014.”

In agreement: left, Helen Snaith, Head of Seabed 2030 Global Centre, British Oceanographic Data Centre, National Oceanography Centre, UK. Center, Evert Flier, International Coordinator, Norwegian Hydrographic Service and Member of GEBCO guiding committee that oversees the Seabed 2030 project. Right, Rob Adams, SVP New Ventures in PGS. Evert brought the two parties together.


The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project is a collaborative project between The Nippon Foundation and GEBCO with a vision to ensure that by 2030, the World’s oceans are fully mapped. The freely available GEBCO Ocean Map will represent a complete map of the global ocean bathymetry.

Seabed 2030, launched at the United Nations Ocean Conference in 2017, is building a global community of ocean mappers, hydrographers, scientists, industry and the public to discover and publish all existing bathymetric data. Seabed 2030 also advocates for new mapping expeditions to ‘map the gaps’ in our knowledge of the seafloor and provide the World with the definitive map of the ocean floor.

PGS ASA and its subsidiaries (“PGS” or "the Company") is a focused marine geophysical company that provides a broad range of seismic and reservoir services, including acquisition, imaging, interpretation, and field evaluation. The Company MultiClient data library is among the largest in the seismic industry, with modern 3D coverage in all significant offshore hydrocarbon provinces of the world. The Company operates on a worldwide basis with headquarters in Oslo, Norway and the PGS share is listed on the Oslo stock exchange (OSE: PGS). For more information on PGS visit

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Bård Stenberg at PGS – / +47 67 51 43 16

Patrick Orr at Raitt Orr – / +44 (0) 20 7922 7713
Pegah Souri at Raitt Orr – / +44 (0) 7922 7712


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