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MAN Powers Norwegian Offshore Vessel

Posted on October 12, 2011

A specialist offshore ROV-survey vessel – the Polar King - has been recently delivered to GC Rieber Shipping of Bergen, Norway. The ship, constructed by CNP Freire shipyard in Spain, will service hydrocarbon rigs and platforms.

The Polar King features a diesel-electric propulsion system with six MAN 9L21/31 engines. The nine-cylinder units have 210 mm bore and 310 mm stroke and a power output of 1980 kW 900 r/min.

The Polar King project originally commenced in 2008, but the global financial crisis caused a six-month delay in construction while refinancing was found. Finally, GC Rieber Shipping took over the project in 2009 and the ship was launched in 2010.

The ROV-survey vessel is 110.16 m long with a mid breadth of 20 m. It has a cargo deck capacity of about 925 m2 and is capable of a maximum speed of 15.85 knots. The delivery of a second, twin vessel – the Polar Queen – was scheduled for the end of summer 2011, according to MAN Diesel & Turbo.

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