NFFO Services provide suitable fishing vessels to undertake chase boat duties for clients involved in seismic surveys, cable laying operations or other marine activity, for the purpose of intercepting any approaching vessels which could damage cables being towed or installed on the seabed.
Vessels mobilised as chase boats have ARPA radar and an array of communications equipment as standard which allows the skipper to calculate the CPA of any approaching vessel with a view on identifying at an early stage the level of protection required and possible requirement for early interception.
Operators of seismic vessels will recognise the disruption their operations create on fishing effort. Consequently, there are significant mutual benefits in using a local fishing vessel as a chase boat.
We focus as far as possible on recruiting vessels that are endemic to the area of operation. Skippers of these vessels have high levels of local knowledge and expertise that can often be crucial to a smooth-running operation. Where that is not possible, the selected chase boat will maintain strong communication links with fishing activity in the area.