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Polar Code bulk carrier project for SeaQuest

Monday, 12 Mar 2018

Hong Kong-based technical consultants and project managers SeaQuest have been appointed to oversee the construction of the first purpose built 107,000dwt Polar Code-compliant ice-class bulk carriers to be ordered in China.

Estonian shipowner Platano Eesti has ordered the ships from CSSC Shanghai Shipyard (New Ships 23/2017). SeaQuest has been involved in the project since the initial phases, assisting the owner with contractual technical negotiations, yard selection and plan approval. Construction will start in March 2018 at CSSC Shanghai Shipyard and is scheduled to be completed by mid 2019. The new Polar Code-compliant vessel will incorporate new features to make it commercially competitive for the owner all year round, operating in and out of Arctic waters. Mr Maxim Romce, Managing Director of Platano Eesti, said: “Taking into consideration the fact that the Arctic area, and its port infrastructure, is still not sufficiently developed, we have strategically decided to equip the vessel with cranes and grabs; to assist the local shippers in maximising their export efficiency. With respect to the sensitivity of the area, we were absolute to exceed all environmental regulations and are adopting the latest solutions to minimise environmental and safety risks and the vessel’s carbon footprint, ensuring reduced fuel consumption, effective route planning and reliable communication in polar waters.” The vessel will be 250m long, have a hold capacity of 130,000cu.m, have advanced marine technology for navigation in Arctic waters both using with and without ice breaker assistance. It will be able to load and discharge on its own. The vessel will comply with DNV GL’s Ice Class IACS PC (6), Polar Code B and be optimised for ice navigation. SeaQuest Technical Manager in charge of this project, Vittorio Portunato, said the biggest challenge is to design a vessel which needs to be commercially and operationally efficient in both Arctic and open international waters and to overcome the contradictions of the relevant requirements, including installed power, propulsion efficiency and manoeuvrability.

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