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'Polarcus Naila'

Propulsion upgrade for 3D seismic vessel 'Polarcus Naila'

Date
February 2014
Ship name
'Polarcus Naila'
Ship type
Offshore Surveying Vessel
Yard
Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam
Tasks performed for this project
  • Modification works
  • Ballast Water Treatment installation
  • Installation of new workboat and davits
  • Relocation of the MOB
  • 5-year special survey

Ship repair and conversion yard Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam received a contract for the propulsion upgrade on the 3D seismic vessel 'Polarcus Naila'. The ultra-modern vessel arrived at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam in March 2014 for its eight-week conversion.

In addition to the propulsion upgrade the vessel underwent modification works in order to be classified as a special purpose ship. Furthermore, the scope of work included the installation of a Ballast Water Treatment system, installation of a new workboat and davits, the relocation of the MOB and a five-year special survey.

Pre-fabrication works on the two gondolas, which needed to be fitted to the vessel, were done at Niron Staal. They were completely installed before the vessel arrived at the yard. Niron Staal, also part of Damen Shipyards Group, is a specialised steel construction and machining company located in the Port of Amsterdam on the premises of Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam.

The vessel was at the yard in Amsterdam for a period of 55 days in which the conversion works were completed. Taking the day rate of a seismic survey vessel into account, time literally is money and the vessel needed to be back in business as soon as possible. It is therefore not surprising that Polarcus decided to bring the vessel to Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam. Fully aware of its management and technical capabilities due to experiences in the past, Polarcus and Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam have been working together since 2010. The relationship between the companies has grown stronger over that time and formed the basis for the successful booking of the upgrade conversion project.

'Polarcus Naila' is a 12-streamer 3D/4D seismic vessel. Delivered in 2010, she is built to the Ulstein SX124 design and incorporates the Ulstein X-Bow® hull. The 'Naila' combines the latest developments in maritime systems with the most advanced seismic technology commercially available. The vessel is also amongst the most environmentally sound seismic vessels in the market, with diesel-electric propulsion, high specification catalytic convertors, a double hull, and an advanced bilge water cleaning system. The vessel complies with the stringent DNV Clean Design notation. 'Polarcus Naila' and her sister ship are the only vessels with thruster units in the Polarcus fleet.

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