Russian Prime Minister Officially Names Seismic Vessel ‘Polarcus Selma’

Polarcus Limited announces that the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has assumed the role of Guardian to the seismic vessel Vyacheslav Tikhonov, formerly POLARCUS SELMA, during a naming ceremony held in the Russian Black Sea city of Sochi.

The ultra-modern seismic vessel Vyacheslav Tikhonov is on a five year Bareboat Charter to OAO Sovcomflot (SCF) of Russia, announced by Polarcus on 11 August 2011.

Vyacheslav Tikhonov is the same class of vessel as POLARCUS SAMUR, an ultra-modern and Arctic-ready 3D seismic vessel of the ULSTEIN SX133 X-BOW design capable of towing both conventional and wide tow spreads. The vessel has an overall length of 84.2m and a beam of 17m. Vyacheslav Tikhonov has a maximum speed of 17 knots and will be capable of deploying up to 8 streamers each of 6,000m length, or 6 streamers each of 8,000m length, with lateral streamer separations of between 25 and 200 meters.

About Polarcus

Polarcus is a pure play marine geophysical company with a pioneering environmental agenda, specializing in high-end towed streamer data acquisition from Pole to Pole. Polarcus operates a fleet of high performance 3D seismic vessels incorporating an innovative design and advanced maritime technologies for improved safety and efficiency. Polarcus offers contract seismic surveys and multi-client projects worldwide and employs over 500 professionals. The Company’s principal office is in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Source: Polarcus, September 19, 2011;

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