Plate cutting ceremonies marking the commencement of construction for Polarcus vessels NB71 and NB72 were held on the 15 and 18 December 2008 respectively. This brings to six the number of 3D seismic vessels Polarcus currently has under construction at the Drydocks World - Dubai shipyard in the United Arab Emirates.
Vessels NB71 ("Polarcus Asima") and NB72 ("Polarcus Alima") are both 12 streamer 3D vessels of design type ULSTEIN SX134. These 92m vessels will carry the high ice class notation ICE-1A from the DNV classification society and will on launch be amongst the safest and most environmentally sound seismic vessels in the market, with diesel electric propulsion, high specification catalytic convertors, DP2 dynamic positioning, grounding avoidance systems, double hulls and advanced ballast water treatment / bilge water cleaning systems. As with the preceding four vessels already under construction for Polarcus these two new vessels will also comply with the stringent DNV CLEAN DESIGN notation.
"I am especially pleased that we were able to mark these two important events this month", commented Rolf Ronningen, CEO Polarcus. "Since our launch in May the team has made excellent progress both in the vessel building program and in the development of the company infrastructure and support systems. I am very confident that this effort will continue unabated in 2009 as we prepare for our first operations in the Fall.
Polarcus is a pure play marine geophysical company with a pioneering environmental agenda, specializing in high-end towed streamer data acquisition from pole to pole. Polarcus is launching an ultra-modern fleet of initially 6 advanced seismic vessels designed by Norway's Ulstein Design AS incorporating the innovative ULSTEIN X-BOW® hull. The vessels are being built in Dubai, UAE, by Drydocks World - Dubai LLC, with the first vessels becoming operational in 2009.