MAN power for new OSV

10 Jun 2011
Engine room of ‘Polar King’

Engine room of ‘Polar King’

GC Rieber Shipping of Bergen, Norway recently took delivery of a new offshore ROV survey vessel – the ‘Polar King’ – constructed by CNP Freire shipyard in Spain.

The ship, which will be used to service hydrocarbon rigs and platforms in challenging environments, has a diesel-electric propulsion system that features six MAN 9L21/31 engines, and will support activities in the hydrocarbon sector. MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that delivery of a sister ship – the Polar Queen – is scheduled for the end of summer 2011. MAN says that the L21/31 engine has references in many applications, including the offshore segment that requires reliable engines that can perform for long periods under harsh conditions.

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

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