Polarcus Naila returns to operations with significantly increased capacity
5 May 2014
Polarcus Limited (“Polarcus” or the “Company”) (OSE: PLCS) announces that Polarcus Naila is presently mobilizing for the highly prefunded Polarcus “UK Breagh” multi-client survey after a successful upgrade. The upgrade enables the vessel to tow ultra-wide 12 streamer spreads, matching the capability of the four high performance “A-class” vessels in the Polarcus fleet. Subsequent to the one month “UK Breagh” survey Polarcus Naila will mobilize for the previously announced charter to TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA.
The upgrade comprised a conversion of the vessel’s propulsion system to proven twin-fin shaft and propeller technology at a cost of USD 12 million, plus certain other major productivity and class enhancements and a mandatory vessel classification at a further cost of USD 11 million. The project, undertaken at Shipdock Amsterdam, was completed in just 55 days and as a result of the upgrade the vessel now operates with a significantly improved earnings potential.
Polarcus maintains its guiding for 2014 vessel related capital expenditure of USD 55 – 65 million.
Rolf Rønningen, CEO Polarcus, +971 4 436 0800 / +971 50 459 6982
Tom Henrik Sundby, CFO Polarcus, +971 4 436 0800 / +971 50 708 6480
Polarcus (OSE: PLCS) 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 operates a fleet of high performance 3D seismic vessels incorporating an innovative design and advanced maritime technologies for improved safety and efficiency. Polarcus offers contract seismic surveys and multi-client projects worldwide and employs over 500 professionals. The Company’s principal office is in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit www.polarcus.com
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