Ro-Pax new building supevision

10th Sep 2018

Alger, 10 September 2018: Algérie Ferries (ENTMV - Entreprise Nationale de Transport Maritime de Voyageurs) has appointed SeaQuest for the new building project management of their RoPax Car-Ferry vessel to be built at Guangzhou Shipyard International in China.

SeaQuest mission covers the engineering and plan approval phases and the construction supervision, including all trials and commissioning until the delivery of the vessel to ENTMV. SeaQuest will provide its support also during the entire vessel’s warranty period, in case needed.

The supervision team, formed by SeaQuest experienced personnel, consists of multinational specialists in machinery, hull, coating, automation/electric & HSE working side by side with typical passenger vessels' inspectors in charge of HVAC, Hotel/Catering, Accommodation & Interior Decoration. 

The vessel has a capacity of 1,800 passengers and 600 vehicles (about 3,250 lane meters); all passengers’ common, individual spaces and other facilities shall be of the European standard, luxurious, and shall include very high-quality equipment, accessories and materials.
The delivery is scheduled around mid-2020.


New naval tanker for the New Zealand Defence Force

28th May 2018

The construction of the modern state-of-the-art Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) vessel for the New Zealand Defence Force has started at the Hyundai Heavy Industries yard in Ulsan, South Korea, with the Steel Cutting ceremony held on the 29 January 2018.

The MSC vessel can conduct simultaneous Replenishment at Sea, on Port and Starboard with its twin mast. It has a flight deck and hangar with helicopter vertical replenishment (VERTREP), helicopter in-flight refueling (HIFR), hospital facilities, IMDG cargo containers and fresh water supply ability for global support, disaster relief and reconnaissance missions. The vessel, having Polar Ice Class 6 winterization for -25ºC, is suitably equipped for Antarctica operations.

The MSC vessel is classed to the highest LR class and fully compliant with latest IMO regulations and NATO ANEP. It is fitted with propulsion and steering redundancy, twin CPP and engine rooms, combined diesel-electric and diesel propulsion, ultra-modern navigation, communication, command & control systems. The new ship is being built according to stringent quality standards, with high strength steel and ARMOX protection and will be the prime jewel of New Zealand Crown's naval fleet.

SeaQuest is privileged and proud to undertake the MSC vessel plan approval and construction supervision. Jan Andersson, SeaQuest Managing Director & General Manager, is leading our professional site team of expatriate and Korean experts, working proactively with diligence for the entire phase of plan approval, construction, testing, commissioning and trials to achieve delivery of the vessel to New Zealand Defence Force.

SeaQuest has the unique privilege of doing the newbuilding supervision for the Military Afloat Reach & Sustainability (MARS) tankers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) UK, the Logistic Support Vessel (LSV) for the Norwegian Navy NDMA and the MSC vessel for New Zealand Defence Force. Three MARS tankers have been successfully completed and delivered to RFA UK. The last MARS tanker and the LSV have completed all tests and trials and are soon due for delivery.


MARS Tanker Naming Ceremony

13th Mar 2018

RFA Tideforce, the final of four Tide-class tankers being built for the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary in South Korea by DSME under the supervision of SeaQuest, was named on January 24 in a ceremony attended by Royal Marine General Gordon Messenger, British ambassador to Republic of Korea Charles Hay and a number of shipyard and government officials.

In his speech, General Messenger thanked the team who worked together so successfully to deliver another fine vessel: SeaQuest is a very proud member of such team and was mentioned first in the row of team players.

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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 maximizing 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 minimize 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 icebreaker 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 optimized 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, maneuverability.” 

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 certified Quality Management System.

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