Polarcus Ltd recently held a double naming ceremony for Polarcus Nadia and Polarcus Naila. The ceremony, at the Drydocks World – Dubai shipyard in the United Arab Emirates, was attended by over 200 local and international guests.
Both are modern, purpose built 3D seismic vessels incorporating the ULSTEIN X-BOW® hull along with many advanced features and maritime technologies for minimising the vessels environmental footprint, including the risk of accidental pollution into the marine environment. With a top speed of 15 knots, the identical vessels have an overall length of 88.8 m, a beam of 19 m, and are capable of deploying 12 streamers of 8000 m length.
Polarcus Nadia, derived from the Arabic female name meaning ‘the beginning, first', successfully completed sea trials immediately prior to the ceremony and will mobilise this month on her first contract with TGS, for a 2000 km2 long offset 3D survey offshore West Africa. Polarcus Naila, whose name means ‘acquirer, the one who succeeds’, is scheduled to mobilise in February to undertake her first contract, of approximately two months duration, for a leading independent oil company offshore West Africa.
In his welcome speech, Rolf Ronningen, CEO Polarcus, expressed his gratitude to the shipyard and to everyone involved in the project, before commenting, ‘This is truly the most exciting and memorable day so far in our relatively short history.’
Mia Zickerman, wife of Polarcus Director and Executive Vice President Peter Zickerman, delivered the blessing and assumed the role of Godmother to Polarcus Nadia by successfully breaking a bottle of champagne against the bow of the vessel. Marianne Zickerman, wife of Polarcus Founder and Director, Charlie Zickerman, similarly assumed the role of Godmother to Polarcus Naila.