The vessel MV Duke will be used to generate targets to expand Nautilus’ Seafloor Massive Sulphide (SMS) prospect inventory within its 100% owned Solomon Islands exploration licenses.
Mike Johnston, Nautilus’ CEO, commented: "We are excited to be back on the water this year, focused on adding to our high grade SMS prospect inventory by applying the successful high tech exploration techniques we have been refining since 2006. This is the second time we have been supported by Gardline in our exploration efforts and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them."
The contract with Gardline CGG is for 43 days of services, mobilising from Brisbane, Australia on or about April 25, 2015.
The program will define SMS targets using efficient multibeam echo sounder and plume hunting techniques. Plume hunting is a regional geochemical technique involving the discovery of metal rich plumes of material that are ejected into the water column from prospective areas, by natural geological processes.
The primary objective of this program is to discover further mineralised systems to support the company’s business model. Amongst its many anticipated advantages, seafloor resource production will allow the aggregation of resources from multiple mineralised systems without the need for significant additional capital.