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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SeaQuest for Olympic Shipping VLCCs
31st Jan 2018
The official Steel Cutting of the Olympic Shiping's three VLCC newbuilding project was successfully carried out at the Steel Preparation Shop in HHI Ulsan yard on January 31st, 2018.
The representatives of SeaQuest, the Class and the Builder attended the ceremony.
SeaQuest is in charge of the construction supervision and the SeaQuest/Olympic Shipping site office in HHI was opened on the same day, in conjunction with this main event.
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.
25th Dec 2017