Polarcus Limited (OAX: PLCS) announced today that the Company’s latest newbuild seismic vessel, Polarcus Asima, was successfully launched to sea on the 09 December 2009 at the Drydocks World - Dubai shipyard in the United Arab Emirates.
Polarcus Asima is the third vessel in the Polarcus fleet and the first of the ULSTEIN SX134 design with the high class notation, ICE-1A, enabling her to operate safely and effectively in the Arctic. The 92m vessel is purpose built for the high-end 3D marine seismic market and capable of towing up to 12 by 8,000m streamers. Like the Polarcus Nadia and Polarcus Naila launched before her, the double-hulled, DP2 class Polarcus Asima incorporates many new and innovative design features designed to maximize operational performance, improve safety and comfort, and minimize emissions to air and water. Polarcus Asima is also fitted with the latest chemical-free ballast water treatment system to eliminate the risk of transporting and introducing invasive marine species into new environments.
Outfitting of the vessel will continue at Drydocks World - Dubai with final delivery scheduled for Q2 2010.
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