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EXPERIENCES

As a leading ship owner and operator/third party ship manager, Argo boats on over 40 year of history and experience. Our ship management history has been various because we have owned and managed several different type of vessels, following the shipping industry market trends during these years of activity till to make Research and Offshore our main cores business.

Management of Polar Research Ships

The Polar Experience

Argo has achieved high expertise in the management of Research Ship Operating in Polar Waters, she has collaborated with the Public Institution ENEA for the PNRA (the Italian National Research Program in Antarctica) managing 23 campaigns of the MV Italica that reached the Italian “Mario Zucchelli” Station in terra Nova Bay in the Ross Sea always with great success and full client satisfaction.

Argo has collaborated with several Marine Research National Institute and with Italian and Foreign University managing vessels performing oceanography and applied geophysics campaigns also in the Polar Arctic water, among the other, with the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS –  a public research institution, monitored by the Ministry of University and Research. Argo boasts the achievement of the first “Polar Ship” certification for an Italian ship, the RV Laura Bassi owned by OGS who has performed together with the RV OGS Explora also owned by the same institute, several Antartic and Artic Campaigns.

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marine geotechnical and geophisical

oceanography and hydrography survey

Argo has always been collaborating with national and international public institute and/or university engaged in the marine research activities. The safeguard of the marine environmental has been one of our most important value, constantly promoted through our safety management procedures achieving high experience in managing Research Ships for marine biology.

Argo has managed the costal research vessel for scuba diving and sampling Mv Vettoria owned by the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN),  Italian public research centre, operated under the auspices of the Italian ministry of research and education.

Among the other collaboration with Public Institute, the Company is currently managing a set of research vessel widely employed in Mediterranean study and expedition:

The MV Astrea owned by the the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA ), a public legal entity subject to the vigilance of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Territory and Sea.

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The MV Tecnopesca II owned by the Italian National Research Council – CNR – and for the same owner the coastal Research and Support Ships  Litus and Aretusa:

The RV Gaia Blu owned by the Italian National Research Council, with its 84m length and 2000 gross tonnage, is the real technological showpiece, pride of CNR for enhancing the climate change of Mediterranean sea. The vessel is equipped with highest accuracy and sea bed bathymetry acquisition, as well as most innovative equipment for the seismic and geophysical investigation.

ARGO SRL, which followed up the activities for the scientific equipment upgrade, managed the vessel during her first campaign “Jamme Gaia” for the Golf of Naples seabed acquisition, covering up to 5000 square meters in three weeks, goals previously achieved twenty years ago with more than a month of survey campaign.

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Offshore Oil and Gas

Argo, as from the beginning of its foundation has demonstrates high skills in managing Offshore vessels operating in the Oil and Gas Industry assuring safe, quality and efficient solutions to satisfy customers’ needs giving support services during both planning and operating phases of production units.

Here below some of our services performed:

  • support to air diving and ROV operations
  • support to geophysical and geotechnical ROV survey operations
  • support to handing survey equipment testing
  • support to accommodations duties
  • support to seismic survey
  • support to inspection and recovery objects
  • support to multibeam survey-support to trenching and cable repair work
  • support testing/trials of new equipment

Our performances have always met full satisfaction of costumers for both cost and time wise.

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Offshore Mineral Exploration

Since 2000 Argo S.r.l. has been managing four Offshore units engaged in underwater mining activities and is also responsible for the Technical Management of the Remotely Operated Seabed Crawler (ROSC) as well as of Minerals Mining Processing Plant, achieving high standard and performance in offshore mineral, oil & gas exploration and subsea mining areas.

Our managed fleet is widely engaged in project to unlock the “offshore unknowns developing an offshore exploration program aimed at assessing the presence and extent of natural resources for future mining operations.

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offshore wind industry

Argo has a long tradition and high knowhow in managing off shore vessels operating in the wind farm industry with successful performance and full satisfaction of customers’ needs who operates in a cutting edge sector where one of the most important part is played by safe managing wind vessels. We have always had absolute control over our work practices ensuring the highest standards of safety and quality of our services:

We have been involved in a number of significant wind projects worldwide managing vessels used for:

  • Transport of personnel
  • Transport of equipment
  • Transfer of fuel
  • Transfer of cargo and equipment with vessel ‘own cranes
  • Use as a dive platform
  • Hydrographic survey
  • Subsea equipment deployment
  • Type of industry
  • We provide support for a range of offshore projects including
  • Offshore windfarm
  • Wind farm cable laying
  • Wind turbine operation and maintenance
  • Offshore energy installation operation and maintenance
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