Environmental Impact

While we aim to generate as much high quality seismic data as possible, it is our responsibility to ensure we do so with the least amount of environmental impact and interference with the activities other users of the oceans.

The oceans of the world are our working place. We operate across the globe in a range of environments from the tropics to the Arctic, from developed oil provinces to frontier areas. We share our working place with many others that rely on the oceans for their income or sustenance.

We are committed to:

  • Preventing harm to the environment by reducing risk 
  • Complying with legal requirements and industry standards
  • Achieving continual improvement in environmental performance

There is still more to be learned about the effects of seismic surveys and other exploration and production activities on marine ecosystems. PGS works with the industry to improve understanding, technology, and practices in order to reduce impacts on marine eco-systems.

Key Initiatives

PGS has been acquiring data from the oceans worldwide since 1991. In addition to building an extensive seismic data library our vessels have also gathered a great deal of additional data like ocean temperatures, salinity, depths, currents and weather conditions. We have decided to open this surplus database for the benefit of research on the ocean developments.

Each year, eight million tons of plastic end up in the world’s oceans. PGS has four cold-stacked Ramform seismic vessels, which can be used for plastic collection. Cleaning the oceans of plastic is a global responsibility and PGS is seeking external funding for a pilot test of the system.


ISO Certification

PGS has been ISO 14001 certified since 2012. This certification serves to formalize our commitment to continual improvement of our environmental performance and ensure that our management system and practices are in line with best practices.