Polarcus secures DNV's highest environmental classCompany News // February 19, 2013
Polarcus, the Dubai-based seismic company, recently achieved DNV’s highest standard for environmental and energy-efficient ship operations by being awarded the classification society's Triple-E Level 1 rating for its fleet of six seismic vessels.
“Our strategy is to be a service provider for oil companies operating in areas of high environmental sensitivity, including the Arctic areas,” says Polarcus CEO Rolf Rønningen.
“We already see that the documented industry-leading green performance of our vessels gives us concrete credits when bidding for new charter contracts,” he continued.
The Polarcus fleet of eight high-spec seismic vessels is all built to the fuel-efficient ULSTEIN X-BOW design and runs on marine gas oil as company policy to reduce the emissions of SOx.
In addition, the vessels are equipped with exhaust gas catalysts for the main engine exhaust gas lines in order to further reduce the emissions of NOx, HC and soot.
Discharge to sea is controlled by a ballast water treatment system, bilge water cleaning system with a maximum threshold value of 5 ppm and the use of biodegradable lubricant oil.
“It’s one thing to invest in green technology on board the vessels,” said Mr Rønningen, “but quite another to transform this into a lower environmental impact. We can actually demonstrate that our fleet emits a weighted average of five times’ less emissions in ECAs and 15 times less emissions in non-ECAs compared to a vessel operating according to a MARPOL compliance standard.”