Marlink has seen continued business growth from its Dubai office and the signing of this latest contract with Polarcus marks a new era of continued collaboration between the Norwegian company and the UAE. This autumn will see the launch of the world's most environmentally friendly and technologically sophisticated marine seismic vessels, providing advanced 3D towed marine seismic services worldwide to the oil and gas industry.
"Sealink will provide us with the highest quality broadband connectivity and a service which we can rely on. This is in keeping with our latest new build project which incorporates innovative vessel design with the most technologically advanced seismic and navigation systems available, to ensure seismic exploration is expanded without harm to the surrounding environment,"
comments Peter Zickerman, Executive Vice President in Polarcus.
Polarcus is strongly committed to being at the leading edge of maritime and technological innovation whilst pursuing all opportunities to reduce their carbon footprint and achieve sustainable development. For its latest new build development the company is using the Norwegian ULSTEIN X-BOW® vessel design which reduces fuel consumption and allows for improved transit speeds whilst minimizing emissions. The company's aim is to minimize its environmental footprint through a combination of reduction, recycling and carbon offsetting and it has secured substantial local UAE investment including Dubai Drydocks LLC.
Marlink has found that one of the biggest priorities for the maritime industry is crew welfare and the retention of staff onboard through advanced ship to shore telecommunications.
The company is often viewed as the industry's one stop shop by assisting customers in their selection of the most effective satellite communications to meet their operational needs and budgets. Customer requirements are becoming more sophisticated all the time with demand for increased bandwidth, meeting new regulations or exploring new ways of working and advancing operational efficiency.
Regional Director for Marlink in the Middle East, India and Africa, Gunnar Andre Valle said: "We see the oil and gas market in the Middle East, India, and Africa as an increasingly important emerging market, especially as activity in research and production within the region continues to grow. Despite the current global financial crisis, it appears so far that the Indian maritime sectors, both offshore oil field services as well as the shipping industry, remains optimistic about achieving continued growth. As new companies are established all the time and investment increased within the industry, more vessels from overseas are being transferred to corporate bases in region in order to explore the full potential of this market. We are seeing definite signs of the regional market becoming more open to taking advantage of new improved technology and are therefore delighted to be working with such a pioneering company as Polarcus."
Polarcus is launching its ultra modern fleet of initially four advanced seismic vessels all of which will be connected to the PSTN voice network and internet through an advanced satellite system provided by Marlink with branch office in Dubai. The vessels will have IMO Green Passport, be Arctic Ready, and have DNV Clean Design.