• 2018 October 11 13:58

    In-built oil recovery system of IB Polaris undergoing tests – Arctia prepared to offer oil recovery services

    The in-built oil recovery system of Arctia’s latest icebreaker Polaris was tested for the first time at sea on 27 September 2018. From the shipping company’s point of view, an in-built system improves the efficiency of oil recovery and the preparation for it in many different ways, Arctia says in a press release. In addition to the vessel’s crew, the equipment supplier, Lamor, also took part in the testing of the oil recovery equipment. The company also develops oil recovery in ice conditions in cooperation with Arctia.

    The equipment tested in the exercise included, e.g. the skimmer located inside the ship’s hull, and the collection booms. Efficient maneuvering and operation of the vessel in an oil recovery situation was also practiced in addition to the equipment tests. With its equipment, the Polaris is able to collect about 1 400 m³ of oil at one go with a rate of 200 m³/h in harsh weather and ice conditions.

    In a real oil recovery situation, the speed of the vessels is usually low, close to two knots. At low speed, Polaris’ advanced navigability is utilized during slow forward and sideways movement. Sideways operation works in rough water, when the entire side of the vessel can be used for directing the oil into the collection tank.

    Although IB Polaris is technically prepared for oil recovery operations, the shipowner Arctia Ltd. does not currently have an agreement on oil recovery preparedness in the Baltic Sea. Therefore, the vessel is not in operational oil recovery readiness. Arctia Ltd is ready to offer its services for operational readiness and the appropriate maintenance of the equipment.

    “The oil recovery preparedness of IB Polaris and also other icebreakers would be sensible in order to safeguard a sufficient level of oil recovery preparedness in the Gulf of Finland and the entire Northern Baltic Sea. In winter, icebreakers work at hubs for merchant vessel traffic, and equipping them to operate as oil recovery vessels would significantly enhance the current level of preparedness in oil spill response. In addition, the icebreaker pier in Katajanokka in Helsinki is situated close to the most significant oil transport lanes in the Baltic Sea,” Arctia’s Communications Manager Eero Hokkanen points out.

    The cost of today’s exercise is met by Arctia itself, and it is part of the autumn test operation of the icebreaker fleet. Test operations ensure that the icebreakers are ready for their icebreaking duties before the winter sets in. Icebreaker Sisu is next in line for a test run.

    The first two icebreaking seasons of the LNG icebreaker Polaris have proved that oil recovery preparedness and the use of LNG are compatible with each other. LNG as a means of propulsion supports slow speeds that are essential for successful oil recovery operations in the open sea. The technical solutions required by LNG also support year-round vessel operation and oil recovery preparedness.

    Therefore, IB Polaris has significantly increased Arctia’s abilities to operate efficiently in oil recovery tasks also in more demanding weather conditions in the open sea. The last oil recovery exercise of Arctia’s vessel IB Kontio until further notice was held on Saturday, 19 March 2016, off the coast of Oulu. The oil recovery readiness agreement between Arctia and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) expired on 13 April 2016, after which the oil recovery equipment was stripped from the Kontio and returned to the EMSA. Arctia is still capable of using IB Kontio’s tank capacity, i.e. its reception and discharge capacity, in emergency oil recovery situations.

    Arctia continues to develop oil recovery operations in ice conditions. In March 2017, Arctia and Lamor presented the results of their joint Ice Management & Oil Recovery (IMOR) project. The end result of the project was a number of operational means to maneuver the vessel effectively in ice conditions in an oil recovery situation.

    “Today we got a clear overview of our capabilities to use the Polaris’ oil recovery equipment in an efficient way. Currently, oil recovery readiness is ensured in the Bothnian Arc by our harbour icebreaker Ahto, which has a cooperation agreement with the Emergency Service of Lapland,” says Arctia’s Development & Environmental Manager Hanna Suutarla.

    “In addition to Polaris, Lamor has delivered oil recovery equipment to a number of the most advanced icebreakers in the world. It is important to us to receive feedback on exactly these kinds of exercises and to further develop our equipment,” says Lamor’s Chief Operating Officer Rune Högström.

    Polaris has received funding from the EU’s TEN-T programme.

    Arctia Ltd. safeguards Finnish maritime transport in ice conditions of the Baltic Sea and provides icebreaking, offshore and oil recovery services in challenging conditions at sea throughout the world. Arctia continues the Finnish icebreaking tradition of more than 125 years with one of the most versatile icebreaker fleets in the world.

    Lamor Corporation, with its strategically located offices, hubs and partners worldwide, is a global market leader in oil spill response and environmental solutions for a wide range of scenarios and climatic conditions. Headquartered in Porvoo, the Finnish family enterprise Lamor has sold oil recovery equipment to 120 countries and delivered systems to more than 1,800 vessels throughout the world.




2019 February 22

18:08 Pacific Fleet AS-34 underwater vehicle practises maneuvering in Kola Bay
17:50 Krasnoye Sormovo launches first ship in new RSD59 series of four ships ordered by STLC
17:35 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
17:05 Bilfinger expands in international maritime scrubber market
16:35 Aker Solutions to develop digital twin for Wintershall’s Nova field
16:12 Chiquita's new container ship pays its first visit to Kloosterboer in North Sea Port
15:31 DOF awarded contracts for three ROV Support Vessels in Brazil
15:12 Biggest wellboat in the world’s hull arrives at Havyard yard in Leirvik
14:55 Zaliv shipyard (Kerch) launched search-and-rescue ship of Project А163
14:12 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
13:48 32 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 21-22
13:30 GTT creates a Digital Hub of Excellence in Singapore
13:04 The Spectrum of the Seas leaves the MEYER WERFT's dock
12:49 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg upgrades its cane equipment
12:30 Port of Rotterdam bunker figures down to 9.5 million m3 in 2018
12:03 Algoma announces purchase of additional product tanker
11:30 Van Oord is one of the founding partners and main sponsor of PortXL
11:02 Fincantieri and Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding reach an agreement to cooperate in the UAE shipbuilding segment
10:30 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening ceremony for next-generation LNG carrier "MARVEL CRANE"
10:20 Port of Yeisk handled 159,000 tonnes of cargo year-to-date
10:00 CMA CGM implements Port Congestion Surcharge from Med and North Europe to Canada East Coast
09:58 The Netherlands ratifies ship recycling convention
09:35 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.24% to $66.91, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.16% to $56.87
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 630 points

2019 February 21

18:33 AML’s MVP200 selected for new Swedish “RV Svea”
18:16 ​Shearwater GeoServices and TGS partner for major Brazil survey
18:03 NYK selected as a White 500 company for third consecutive year
17:55 Rosmorport to dredge 12.1 million cbm of material in 2019
17:34 Boskalis expands market position in marine survey through acquisition Horizon
17:29 GE to supply LM2500 gas turbine auxiliary equipment for Indian Navy’s P17A frigates
17:11 Hydrographic Company to get 15 new vessels by 2024
17:05 Rotterdam port innovation programme PortXL participants announced
17:03 H.H. Sheikh Theyab updated on ADNOC L&S strategy to become a global shipping champion
16:14 SCHOTTEL presents new shallow-water thruster SPJ 30 up to 150 kW
15:35 Forth Ports Group receives planning consent for new terminal at the Port of Tilbury
15:16 Algoma announces the Algoma Conveyor is headed for Canada
14:32 A.P. Moller - Maersk accelerates transformation and grows revenue in 2018
14:11 Teekay Tankers reports fourth quarter and annual 2018 results
13:46 Santos posts it 2018 net profit of $630 million
13:15 Gazprom Neft demonstrates solid growth across all key financial indicators in 2018
13:13 A.P. Moller - Maersk initiates demerger and separate listing of Maersk Drilling
12:49 ESPS Relampago’s crew carried out maritime training exercises with the Seychelles Coastguard
11:57 First meeting of Eastern Partnership LNG Network takes place in Warsaw
11:28 42 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 20-21
11:03 The UK publishes draft UK MRV legislation following Brexit
10:39 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port spent USD 60,500 under its social programme in 2018
10:16 IMO treaties ratified by Guyana
09:54 Allocations of Taganrog Sea Commercial Port for its environmental programme in 2018 totaled USD 96,400
09:31 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.18% to $67.2, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.51% to $57.45
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 622 points

2019 February 20

18:13 Klaipėdos nafta carried out the 10th operation of reloading LNG from a gas carrier to ground storage tanks
17:52 VNIIR-Progress St. Petersburg supplies electrical equipment for Atomflot icebreaker
17:28 Documents on concession model for Taman dry cargo area project to be submitted to RF Govt in March 2019
17:04 Cammell Laird stages ‘float-off’ for new £10m ferry for Red Funnel
16:46 VTMS, AIS and Pilotage Service on the Northern Sea Route to remain under Rosmorport’s control
16:25 NOVATEK eyes arranging LNG bunkering in Sabetta
16:04 Maersk enhances Asia-Europe network to further improve schedule reliability
15:43 Decision made on transfer of FSUE Hydrographic Company to Rosatom Corporation
15:21 Euronav sells LR1 Genmar Сompatriot
14:54 SIA Extron Baltic receives award for rapid growth in the Port of Riga