Polarcus signs strategic agreement with Russian OAO Sovcomflot
11 Aug 2011
Polarcus Limited (OAX: PLCS) is pleased to announce that the Company has signed a five year Bareboat Charter Party Agreement (BBCP) with OAO Sovcomflot (SCF) of Russia. Under the terms of the BBCP Sovcomflot will charter POLARCUS SELMA, inclusive of an 8 streamer seismic equipment package, from Polarcus at a rate of USD 69,500 per day. The BBCP, viewed by both parties as the first step towards a larger strategic business alliance to serve the growing Russian seismic market, will commence in August 2011. The BBCP terms include a purchase option of the vessel commencing after the third anniversary of the BBCP.
In conjunction with the BBCP, Polarcus has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with SCF for the provision of certain specialist onboard crew and shore-based services and systems support. The provision of the services, to be charged in addition to the BBCP, is subject to a final agreement between the parties expected to be signed in the latter part of August 2011.
Peter Zickerman, EVP Polarcus, commented: “This important agreement will afford Polarcus and Sovcomflot unparalleled access to the Russian market and most significantly to possibly the world’s last and largest oil frontier, the Arctic. There is very good synergy between our companies, with our own strategic focus on the Arctic frontier and investment into Arctic-ready technologies, and Sovcomflot’s leadership in key Russian oil and gas development projects in harsh ice environments. We believe the BBCP and the LOI for support services will be just the beginning of a long and successful relationship with Russia’s largest shipping company as they aspire to broaden their focus from energy transportation to energy supply.”
POLARCUS SELMA is a sister ship to POLARCUS SAMUR, an ultra-modern and Arctic-ready 3D seismic vessel of the ULSTEIN SX133 X-BOW design capable of towing both conventional and wide tow spreads. The vessel has an overall length of 84.2m and a beam of 17m. POLARCUS SELMA has a maximum speed of 17 knots and will be capable of deploying up to 8 streamers each of 6,000m length, or 6 streamers each of 8,000m length, with lateral streamer separations of between 25 and 200 meters.
Rolf Ronningen, CEO Polarcus +971 4 436 0800 / +971 50 459 6982
Peter Zickerman, EVP Polarcus +971 4 436 0800 / +971 50 551 9160
Polarcus (OAX: 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
About SCF Group (Sovcomflot)
Sovcomflot is one of the world’s leading shipping companies, specializing in petroleum products and liquefied gas transportation. The fleet includes 156 vessels with a total deadweight of 11.8 million tonnes. The company is registered in St. Petersburg with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, London, Limassol, Madrid and Singapore. The Group offers a wide range of vessels and a powerful grouping of vessels, in the market segments most demanded by major Russian oil and gas companies. With its own technical development and unique approach to advanced technologies, Sovcomflot has the ability to meet the most demanding customer requirements, providing effective transportation for oil & gas companies. For more information, visit www.scf-group.ru
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