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Monday, September 21, 2020 

The launching ceremony for the Antarctic Provider project, built by CIMC Raffles Offshore for Norway's Aker BioMarine, has been held at CIMC Raffles Yantai base.

Antarctic Provider, with length overall 167.6m, and max moulded breadth 27m, is built to DNV GL class and will be mostly employed on krill product transportation between Antarctic fishing areas and South American ports, fuel oil supply for fishing vessels, and other transportation duties. The vessel is designed to satisfy the requirement of krill product transport, with four high-capacity cargo holds of gross capacity up to 40,000m3 and moveable cranes on top of each cargo hold. It will be able to handle loading and unloading operations in special environments, satisfying Polar Code Rules with on hull strength and low temperature operation in the extremely challenging Antarctic environment. The vessel is equipped with a hybrid propulsion system for 15 knot speed, and advanced heat recovery system, contributing to fuel economy and carbon reduction.

The vessel  build has faced the challenge of global COVID-19, but CIMC Raffles says it is sticking to the plan as far as possible while guaranteeing quality. With the support of government, ship owner, class, designer, vendors and subcontractors, the project should be completed before the start of the krill harvest season.

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