Seismic Vessel to be Refit at Shipdock Amsterdam
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Polarcus Naila. Photo: Damen

Ship repair and conversion yard Shipdock Amsterdam, part of Damen Shipyards Group, received a contract for the propulsion upgrade of the 3D Seismic Vessel Polarcus Naila. The ultra-modern vessel will arrive at Shipdockin February 2014 for its six-week conversion.

In addition to the propulsion upgrade the vessel will also undergo modification works in order to be classified as a Special Purpose Ship. Furthermore, the scope of work includes Ballast Water Treatment installation, installation of a new workboat and davits, relocation of the MOB and the five-year special survey.

Pre-fabrication works on the two gondola’s, which need to be fitted to the vessel, have already started at Niron Staal and will be completely outfitted before arrival of the vessel at the yard. Niron Staal, alsp part of Damen Shipyards Group, is a specialized steel construction and machining company located in the Port of Amsterdam on the premises of Shipdock.

"The real show will start at the end of February 2014 when the vessel will be taken out of production and will dock at the yard for a 35 day period in which the conversion works will be realized. Taking day rates of a Seismic Survey Vessel into account, time literally is money and the vessel will need to be back in business as soon as possible. It is therefore not surprising that Polarcus decided to bring the vessel to Shipdock Amsterdam, fully aware of the management and technical capabilities, due to experiences in the past," according to Flip van der Waal, General Manager Shipdock Amsterdam.

Polarcus and Shipdock have been in business since 2010. The relation between the companies became stronger since then and formed the basis for the successful booking of the upgrade conversion job.

PolarcusNaila is a 12-streamer 3D/4D Seismic Vessel. Delivered in 2010, she is built to the UlsteinSX124 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, 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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