First commercial Polar Code / Ice Class bulk carrier newbuild project
15th Feb 2018
SeaQuest has been appointed to oversee the construction of the first purpose built +100,000 dwt Polar Code compliant ice-class bulk carriers. Estonian shipowner, Platano Eesti selected the newbuilding technical consultants and project managers SeaQuest following a rigorous process to identify the most reliable and experienced partner for this technically challenging project.
SeaQuest has been involved in the project since the initial phases, assisting the owner with contractual technical negotiations, manufacturers selection and plan approval. Construction will commence in March 2018 in CSSC Shanghai Shipyard Co. Ltd, and is scheduled to be completed by mid 2019. The new 107,000 dwt Polar-Code compliant vessel will incorporate innovative features to make it commercially competitive for the owner all year round - operating in and out of Arctic waters.
Maxim Romce, Managing Director of Platano Eesti, said:
“The Arctic offers new opportunities and now is the time to embrace them, but there are challenges and this is why innovative thinking is required. Our aim is to build a vessel that will outperform those currently trading in the Arctic area, whilst still remaining competitive on conventional operating routes. 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.
SeaQuest has extensive experience, thinks outside the box and is quality orientated with a world-class track record. SeaQuest has identified all technical issues, particularly those related to design efficiency, EEDI, fuel consumption and Polar Code / Ice Class compliance, negotiating on our behalf with the shipyard and class and adapting the vessel to our specifications. We look forward to working with them over the next two years.”
The vessel will be 250 metres in length, have a hold capacity of 130,000 m3, feature advanced marine technology for navigation in arctic waters with and without ice breaker assistance and will be equipped 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, commented:
“Our 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, e.g. installed power, propulsion efficiency, manoeuvrability.”
SeaQuest has been involved in the supervision of almost 300 vessels and each project is approached in a methodological way, from the early stages in technical negotiations to design development and construction thanks to company’s ISO 9001 cetified Quality Management System.
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SeaQuest supports Mercy Ships Cargo Day 2017
18th Jan 2018
SeaQuest has joined efforts to support Mercy Ships’ activities in Africa by participating to the second edition of the Cargo Day Campaign. Thanks to the combined action of the shipping and trading community in Switzerland, 92 cargoes and 9 address commissions were donated and more than US$650,000 were raised through the participation of 24 charters, 20 shipowners, 24 ship brokers, 7 port agents and other service companies.
Mercy Ships is a global charity founded in 1978. It operates a fleet of hospital ships providing free lifesaving surgeries and quality medical assistance to underprivileged populations living in the world’s poorest regions.
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25th Dec 2017
SeaQuest performance in 2017
1st Dec 2017
This year has been the most challenging for the marine industry in decades, and more so for the medium segment players serving this industry as Marine Project Consultants, many of whom could not survive the tumultuous times. With great tenacity, foresight, perseverance and able leadership, SeaQuest created a niche and managed not only to survive but also prosper, looking positively to the future.
SeaQuest has the pride of taking a leading role in the Naval Ship Construction Supervision, serving the world class Navies of United Kingdom, Norway and, last added, New Zealand. The latter project consists of Plan Approval and Construction Supervision of one Military Sustainment Capability – Enhanced Naval Ship.
This year we succeeded in delivering three MARS (Military Approach Reach & Sustainability) Tankers for Royal Fleet Auxiliary MoD UK and conducted the Naming Inauguration Ceremony of HNoMS “MAUD” for NDMA Norway.
The dedication of the entire SeaQuest team over a period of more than three years has borne fruits for all of us to cherish. This experience puts us in a firm ground in a completely new market segment and has opened fresh vistas for our company.
The 1st MARS Tanker “TIDESPRING” delivered in January 2017, successfully conducted RAS trials with two Naval Warships simultaneously and has been inducted in service of the Royal Fleet Auxiliaries.
Among the meaningful activites, SeaQuest took up another singular challenge converting a dismal case into an opportunity for the Hyundai Group, for two Suezmax tankers whose contract was annulled by the Owners and taken over by HHI shipyards in RoK. In fact, SeaQuest partly conducted the Plan Approval for these Tankers and completely supervised their construction on behalf of HHI, for the first time.
Our supervision improved the Tankers quality and trust worthiness in the market as these vessels were successfully sold by HHI to a significantly higher price than the market price, shortly after their construction completion.
While this year marked our foray within new market segments unchartered by SeaQuest, we continued with our regular business by successfully delivering Very Large LPG Carriers, Very Large Crude Carriers, Suezmax Tankers and finally, on 22 November, the largest Product Carriers of 157k DWT with fully coated cargo tanks as per PSPC.
A very judicious mix of our traditional strength with the new ventures, our hard work, dedication and foresight has been instrumental in steering our company through these difficult times and will take us to the future with hope and prosperity for our company.
In 2017, we successfully delivered 12 vessels and till now 12 ships are planned to be delivered in 2018.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all SQ members for the hard work and dedication and wish better prospects in the coming years.
At the helm….
SeaQuest Marine Project Management Ltd