SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 — Named this past Saturday at a ceremony in Longyearbyen, Svalbord, the 88.5 m platform supply vessel Polarsyssel is the first vessel built to the Havyard 832 L WE (Wave Edition) design.
The vessel was delivered earlier this month by Havyard Ship Technology's Leirvik, Norway, shipyard, to Icelandic shipping company Fafnir Offshore. She arrived in Longyearbyen to start a six-year contract under which she will operate six months a year for the Governor of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago located about midway between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole.
On her voyage from Tromsø to Longyearbyen, Polarsyssel encountered both high seas and storm force winds.
Captain Kjetil Enoksen was full of praise after having put the ship to the test in the Barents Sea.
"We experienced heavy weather during most of the passage," he said. "The wind blew high from the west during most of our journey and, on approaching Svalbard, we ran into a full storm. A supply vessel of this type will normally roll heavily when hit by waves from the side, but Polarsyssel behaved in an exemplary manner, was course stable and made us feel comfortable with low noise and vibrations. Even when heading straight into the storm, she rose to the challenge and we hardly felt any slamming. I have never experienced anything like this ship and I look forward to operating this vessel in the time ahead."
Havyard Design & Solutions developed Havyard 832 L WE design with a view to saving fuel and safety and comfort for the crew in both fair and unfavorable weather. The combination of a streamlined underbody with twin skegs (two stern keels) and a foreship with an above-water profile that emphasizes minimizing the angle of attack of large waves has now proved its effectiveness in practice.
Key data for Havyard 832 L WE Polarsyssel
Length: 88.5 m
Breadth: 17.6 m
Speed: 14.5 knots
Deck area: 850 sq. m
Cabin capacity: 30 persons
Deadweight: 3,700 tonnes
Havyard Design & Solutions delivered the design and drawings for the building of the vessel. The hull was built at a shipyard in Turkey and Havyard Ship Technology was responsible for project management, follow-up of hull construction, outfitting, completion and testing at its shipyard in Leirvik.
Havyard Power & Systems ]delivered the electrical engineering, Havyard IASTM alarm and automation system, Power Management System, and Havyard ConceptBridge navigation and communications equipment and Multi Control System.
Norwegian Electric System in Bergen, which is part owned by Havyard, delivered the vessel's diesel-electric propulsion system.