On the 14 September 2008 senior management of Polarcus attended the official keel laying ceremony for Polarcus vessel NB66 at the Drydocks World - Dubai shipyard in the United Arab Emirates.
Commenting on the event, Rolf Ronningen, CEO Polarcus, said: "It is just 20 weeks since we signed the shipbuilding contract for the first of Polarcus' 12-streamer 3D seismic vessels. It is gratifying to see the excellent progress that has been made over the intervening period. I believe this is a clear reflection of the excellent teamwork and cooperation of all parties involved.
"The 89m long vessel will be the first of four ultra-modern 12-streamer 3D vessels being built by Polarcus at Drydocks World - Dubai over the next two years. The vessel will be delivered in Q3 2009 and is expected to be operational shortly thereafter. The company is also building in the same period two multipurpose 3D/2D/source vessels capable of towing up to 6 streamers.
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. www.polarcus.com