On September 17, 2020, the launching ceremony for Antarctic Provider project was held on CIMC Raffles Yantai base. The project is built by CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd. for Norway Aker BioMarine company.
Antarctic Provider with length over all 167.6m, breadth moulded max 27m, depth moulded 18m, draft design 7m, speed design 15 knots, shall be built to the classification of DNV GL and mainly for krill product transportation between Antarctic fishing area and South America ports, fuel oil supply for fishing vessel, and stuff work shift transportation.
The vessel is specially designed to satisfy the requirement of krill products transportation, with 4 high-capacity cargo holds which gross capacity is up to 40,000 cubic meters and moveable crane on top of each cargo hold, being able to handing loading and unloading operation in special environment, satisfying Polar Code Rules with superior requirements on hull strength and cold-proof, being able to face the extremely challenging Antarctic environment. The vessel is equipped with hybrid power propelling system and advanced heat recovery system, with great fuel economy, can further reduce carbon emission.
The vessel, as first built, is facing the challenge of global COVID-19 during project construction and effected correspondingly on the key blocks construction, material and equipment delivery and so on. CIMC Raffles is sticking to the plan nodes, putting into superior technical force, management and building team, working together to guarantee the quality, doing best to catch up progress. Under support of government, ship owner, class, designing company, vendors and subcontractors, the project achieved the launching as plan smoothly, providing a strong guarantee for project delivery before the krill harvest season.
Source: CIMC Raffles