Polarcus not only has some of the most environmentally responsible seismic vessels in the industry, it has the only ICE-1A/ ICE-1A* class fleet in the world. The vessels – Polarcus Asima, Polarcus Samur, and Polarcus Amani – can operate in first-year ice of up to one-meter thickness without the assistance of icebreakers; they are ice-reinforced with thicker ribs and skin plates; have de-icing and ice-preventing systems at critical tanks and pipelines, and their propellers, gears and thrusters can withstand operations in ice. In short, they are Arctic-ready.
“Polarcus vessels can mitigate many of the everyday hazards of working in the Arctic and enable us to safely and responsibly make the most of the short Arctic operating season,” says Peter Zickerman, Strategic Adviser & Founder of Polarcus.
The Ice Management Plan implemented by Polarcus involved the integration of data from numerous remote information sources, such as daily ice reports from Governmental agencies, commercial satellite imagery and ice prediction services. Supplementing this data, and of paramount importance in the plan, were the active ice monitoring functions implemented on each vessel in the operation, including enhanced ice detection radar systems, one or more human specialist ice observers on the support vessels, and at least two ice “navigators” on each of the seismic vessels.