The seismic vessel Polarcus Amani, designed and constructed by ULSTEIN, is one out of three vessels nominated for Ship of the Year 2012. The ship was delivered in March this year, while her sister vessel will be delivered later this month.
“To be nominated, the ship must be delivered during 2012, but the degree of innovation is the main criterion to win the the award,” says Asle Strønen, member of the jury.
The purpose of the Award is to honour innovation and development in ship building, operation and ownership, and to contribute to positive attention nationally and internationally in an industry that is very important for Norway as a nation.
Polarcus Amani was constructed at Ulstein Verft in Norway.
This is the first vessel of two 12 – 14 streamer Arctic-ready 3D seismic vessels being built at Ulstein Verft AS and the third vessel in the Polarcus fleet of the ULSTEIN SX134 design, with an overall length of 92m and a beam of 21m.
The vessel design includes a high ice class (“ICE 1A super”), increased propulsion and other innovative efficiency enhancing features. Polarcus Amani is also one of the most environmentally responsible seismic vessels in the industry, with diesel-electric propulsion, high specification catalytic convertors, a double hull, and advanced ballast water treatment / bilge water cleaning systems. The vessel carries the stringent DNV CLEAN-DESIGN class notation. It has a maximum speed of 16 knots and is capable of deploying up to 14 Sercel Sentinel® solid streamers.
The other two nominees are MS Stavangerfjord from Bergen Group and MS Far Solitaire from STX OSV, and the winner will be announced on the maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg in September.
Offshore Energy Today Staff, June 12, 2012