His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway today toured POLARCUS ASIMA during a private visit to the Drydocks World - Dubai shipyard in the United Arab Emirates. The Crown Prince is currently on an official visit to the United Arab Emirates that aims to strengthen economic relations between the two countries and support cooperation in renewable energy, oil, gas, environment and marine transportation fields.
HRH Crown Prince Haakon was accompanied on the onboard tour of POLARCUS ASIMA by His Excellency Mr Trond Giske, Minister of Trade and Industry Norway, Her Excellency Mrs Ase Elin Bjerke, Ambassador of Norway to the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Mr Erik Lahnstein, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Norway, and other distinguished guests and senior representatives of Polarcus and Drydocks World - Dubai. Also accompanying the official delegation onboard were senior representatives of Norwegian industry suppliers to Polarcus; ODIM ASA, Ulstein Group, Kongsberg Maritime and Det Norske Veritas (DNV), each involved in the construction or classification of the high-end 3D seismic vessel being built at the Drydocks World - Dubai shipyard.
POLARCUS ASIMA is a purpose-built 12 streamer 3D seismic vessel of the latest ULSTEIN SX134 design and the largest vessel in the Company's fleet with an overall length of 92m and a beam of 21m. POLARCUS ASIMA is also the first true Arctic-ready 3D seismic vessel in the industry with an ICE-1A class notation from DNV, double hull and an advanced ballast water treatment system that eliminates the risk of introducing invasive species into fragile ecosystems such as those found in the Arctic. The vessel has a maximum speed of 15 knots and is capable of deploying 12 streamers of 9,000m length at 100m separation.
After the conclusion of the private visit by HRH Crown Prince Haakon, a formal naming ceremony was held for POLARCUS ASIMA in the presence of over 200 local and international guests.
Rolf Ronningen, CEO Polarcus, +971 4 436 0800 / +971 50 459 6982
Tom Henrik Sundby, CFO Polarcus, +971 4 436 0800 / +971 50 708 6480
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 a fleet of modern 3D seismic vessels using the innovative ULSTEIN X-BOW® design and incorporating advanced maritime technologies for improved operational efficiency with a reduced environmental footprint. Polarcus offers contract seismic surveys and multi client projects worldwide and has its principal office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit www.polarcus.com