Mincaper Steel Cutting

28th May 2018

The steel cutting ceremony of the two Polar Code / Ice Class “mincape” bulk carriers took place in the workshop of Shanghai Shipyard on 28 May 2018.
The ceremony was attended by SeaQuest project manager on behalf of the owners, DNV-GL and shipyard representatives.

SeaQuest has been in charge of the project management since the early stages, providing a crucial contribution to the finalization of the shipbuilding specifications and makers' list and executing the plan approval. The deployment of the SeaQuest site team will be completed in the next months.


Suezmax Product Oil Tanker Project Completed

28th Mar 2018

Toady AMPTC has taken delivery of the fourth and last Suezmax product oil tanker built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in their Ulsan yard.
SeaQuest has supervised 8 tankers for AMPTC since 2011.


MARS Tanker Naming Ceremony

13th Mar 2018

RFA Tideforce, the last of four Tide-class tankers 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's and government's officials.

In his speech, General Messenger thanked the team who worked together so successfully to deliver another fine vessel: a proud member of such team, SeaQuest 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 vessels 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.

Click here to download the press release in pdf.