September 30, 2008
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC; Yasuhiro Kato, President) concluded the operating consignment agreement (*2) with Mantle Quest Japan Co., Ltd.(*1) as of today for entrusting operation of the deep-sea drilling vessel Chikyu, starting from December this year.
The D/V Chikyu has been operated by Global Ocean Development Inc. since July 2006 which concluded cooperation agreement with Norwegian drilling contractor Seadrill Offshore AS. But the contract will expire in October this year. And as a result of JAMSTECís public invitation for operating the D/V Chikyu in February, the operating consignment agreement will be made between JAMSTEC and a new company named Mantle Quest Japan Co., Ltd., which is jointly established by Japan Drilling Co., Ltd. (*3) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (*4).
Address: 2-4-3 Horidome Cho, Nihonbashi, Chuoku, Tokyo
Establishment: September 10, 2008
Shareholders: Japan Drilling Co., Ltd (60%), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (40%)
Work: operation and management of the D/V Chikyu
Contractor: Mantle Quest Japan Co., Ltd.
Terms of contract: From the date of conclusion through March 31, 2009
Amount of contract: JPY3,440,000,000 (cost-plus)
Establishment: April 23, 1968
Number of employees: 550
Establishment: October 1, 1885
Number of employees: 29,872