The Largest Man-Made Moving Object on Earth

Polarcus Amani
Polarcus Amani

By MarEx 2016-01-22 12:41:58

Polarcus is currently acquiring an ultra-wide 3D marine seismic project offshore Myanmar in a project that is setting a new record for the offshore industry.

Polarcus Amani is towing an in-sea configuration that measures 1.8 kilometer (1.1 mile) wide across the front ends. With each of the ten streamers separated by 200m (650 feet), the total area covered by the spread is 17.6 square kilometers (6.8 square miles). 

This is the largest in-sea configuration ever towed by a single seismic vessel as well as the largest man-made moving object on earth.

With such an achievement, Polarcus is setting new acquisition performance records. The acquisition plan in Myanmar will deliver up to 190 square kilometers per day, a production rate that is currently unrivalled in the seismic industry.

Delivered in 2012, the 92 meter (300 foot) Polarcus Amani is a ultra-modern, super high ice class, 14 streamer 3D/4D seismic vessel. Built to the Ulstein SX134 design and incorporating the Ulstein X-Bow hull, the vessel combines the latest developments in maritime systems with the most advanced seismic technology commercially available. 

The vessel is also amongst the most environmentally sound seismic vessel in the market with diesel-electric propulsion, high specification catalytic convertors, double hull and advanced ballast water treatment and bilge water cleaning systems. 

Commenting on this achievement, Polarcus COO, Duncan Eley stated: "Such industry leading operational efficiency in Myanmar by one of our right-sized 3D seismic vessels exemplifies Polarcus' strategy to deliver fit-for-purpose geophysical solutions to our clients. We work closely with all clients to ensure both their efficiency and data quality objectives are met and exceeded."