The launch of Polarcus Nadia took place on the 25 June 2009 at the Drydocks World Dubai shipyard in the United Arab Emirates.
Polarcus Nadia is the first vessel in the Polarcus fleet, purpose built for the high-end 3D marine seismic market and capable of towing up to 12 by 8,000m streamers. The shipbuilding contract for the vessel was signed on the 28 April 2008 and steel cutting commenced on the 18 May 2008. The vessel design incorporates many new and innovative features ranging from the distinctive ULSTEIN X-BOW® hull to the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, designed to maximize operational performance and minimize emissions. The sophisticated double hull design also incorporates a range of advanced safety features including a DP 2 dynamic positioning system.
Once in service, Polarcus Nadia will be one of the most environmentally friendly and technologically sophisticated marine seismic vessels in the market, providing advanced 3D towed marine seismic services worldwide to the oil and gas industry.
Fit out of the vessel will continue at Drydocks World Dubai after launch with the naming ceremony and delivery scheduled for October.
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