The seismic exploration vessel MV Aquila Explorer made
a brief stop in Dunedin this week.
The vessel, which Shell New Zealand is using in its
exploration of the Great South Basin, berthed in the upper
harbour on Monday to change crews.
Shell New Zealand spokeswoman Jacqueline Baker said the crew
of about 50 was rotated yesterday and the ship left about
10.40am. It was the second crew change in Dunedin for the
vessel, following one in February.
The crew changes brought thousands of dollars into Dunedin's
economy as crew members bought goods and services while in
the city, she said.
The vessel was producing a two-dimensional seismic survey of
the formations beneath the sea floor in the 21,200sq km area
that Shell New Zealand was exploring, 150km offshore from
Dunedin, she said.
The survey was expected to finish in the coming weeks.