Evgeny Gusev1, Arthur Karakozov2, Alexander Khohulya2, Yury Egorov3



1 I.S. Gramberg All-Russian Research Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources of the World Ocean (VNIIOkeangeologia), 1, Angliysky Ave., Saint Petersburg, 190021, Russia;

2 Donetsk National Technical University, Artema St., 58, Donetsk, 83001, Donetsk People’s Republic.

3 Limited Liability Company “MEM”, Marshala Govorova St., 52A, Saint Petersburg, 198095, Russia

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VNIIOkeangeologia has a UMB-130 off shore drilling complex (multi-track drilling rig) comprising: ANB-50 drilling pump unit, bottom frame, elevator for lowering and lifting the drill shell, bottom frame winch, winch for the drill shell, PBS-127 drill string, set of core-boring and drilling tools. The UMB-130 complex is manufactured and operated in close cooperation with the Donetsk National Technical University (DonNTU). In 2006, the complex was used for geological surveys in the Chukchi Sea from the sea tug “Shuya” [1, 2]. In 2007 the complex used for Laptev Sea cryolithozone study with the R/V “Ivan Petrov”. Wells in the Chukchi Sea have drilled the Holocene marine silts and Neogene sediments (see Fig. 1 below), Laptev Sea wells reached pre-Holocene lake sediments. The experience with this complex showed the possibility and performance of its use for marine geological exploration, especially for the Arctic seas.

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1. Karakozov A. A., Kalinichenko O. I., Zybinsky P. V., Khokhulya A. V., Komar P. L., Gusev E. A., Egorov Yu.P. 2007: The results of the pilot operation of the UMB-130 m during geological survey in the Chukchi Sea. Proc. DonNTU, Mining and Geological Series, Donetsk, Ukraine: DonNTU, Is. 6 (125), pp. 53–57.

2. Gusev E. A., Andreeva I. A., Anikina N. Y., Bondarenko S. A., Derevyanko L. G., Iosifi di A. G., Klyuvitkina T. S., Litvinenko I. V., Petrova V. I., Polyakova E. I., Popov V. V., Stepanova A. Y. 2009: Stratigraphy of Late Cenozoic sediments of the western Chukchi Sea: New results from shallow drilling and seismic-reflection profiling. Global & Planetary Change. Vol. 68. Is. 1–2. P. 115–131. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2009.03.025





Gusev E., Karakozov A., Khohulya A., Egorov Yu. Shallow drilling experience in shallow waters of the Eastern Arctic seas // Annual conference “GeoHab 2019 - Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping”: Abstracts (May 13–17, 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia). SPb.: VSEGEI Press, 2019. P. 84.


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