New 3D Seismic Vessel Polar Empress Starts Work in Barents Sea

Seismic surveyor Dolphin Group reported Wednesday that its newly-delivery high-capacity 3D seismic vessel, Polar Empress, is now in full production and carrying out the Maud Extension multi-client survey in the Barents Sea.

Dolphin said that the special purpose-built seismic vessel is one of the most-advanced vessels in the industry today. It has the capacity to operate up to 22 streamers, a total installed engine capacity of 22,800 kilowatts, a bollard pull in excess of 275 tons and top transit speed in excess of 20 knots.

Dolphin CEO Atle Jacobsen commented in a company statement:

"The new high capacity vessel, Polar Empress, is the last high end vessel in a series of six, rigged and delivered according to our business plan over the last four years. She will be one of the most advanced and powerful seismic vessels in the world, fully equipped with Schlumberger's proven Q Marine single sensor systems, coupled with Dolphin's towing and handling solutions. Polar Empress will provide our clients with even more cost efficient and larger configurations than what is common in the seismic industry today.

"We are proud to yet again demonstrate our organization's ability to efficiently take a high-end vessel straight into production towing a 14 streamer configuration, with transit, shakedown and mobilization in less than two weeks following delivery from Kleven yard in Norway. We expect the same excellent operational performance from the Polar Empress as delivered to client from the rest of Dolphin's high end powerful fleet."

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