Published 2020-10-01 00:00:00
Aker BioMarine launches Antarctic Provider

Aker BioMarine celebrates the launch of its new, state-of-the-art support vessel at the ceremony at CIMC Raffles’ Yantai yard, as the vessel is ready for commissioning and final outfitting, just in time for the 2021 krill harvesting season.

Antarctic Provider was built by China’s CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd. The 168-meter vessel is powered by the award-winning Wärtsilä 31 engine, which is designed for best-in-class fuel efficiency. In addition, the vessel is enhanced with Dynamic Positioning (DP) capabilities, which prevents the need for anchoring during transshipment.
The vessel will replace Aker BioMarine’s existing support vessel, La Manche. The support vessel will transport krill products and crew to Aker BioMarine's logistics hub in Montevideo, Uruguay, with limited interruption to its harvesting operations.
The vessel is in full compliance with International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Polar Code, meeting requirements on hull strength and cold-proofing to combat the Antarctic climate
It is outfitted with frequency-controlled thrusters, to avoid zero pitch loss and reduce underwater noise
The vessel features four, high-capacity cargo holds (holding up to 40,000 cubic meters) plus moveable cranes on top of each cargo hold
It comes with Dynamic Positioning capabilities to maintain vessel position through the propellers and thrusters
The vessel will be classed at DNV GL.

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