Aptomar has secured a contract to deliver its oil spill detection and combating technology to Fafnir Offshore’s Polarsyssel vessel, which will operate offshore Svalbard.
Svalbard, which is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, is located north of Europe in the midway between continental Norway and the North Pole.
Fafnir Offshore has recently received delivery of the Polarsyssel PSV from Havyard Ship Technology’s yard in Leirvik in Sogn, Norway.
The vessel will operate six months a year in the next six years for the Governor of Svalbard under a long-term contract.
Aptomar will deliver its SECurus system, which combines stabilised long-range infrared, digital video cameras and a search light with an electronic chart system.
The SECurus will identify alarms generated by an oil spill detection (OSD) radar processor and offer decision support data to combat oil spills.
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Aptomar CEO Lars Solberg said: "The Arctic ecosystem is extremely vulnerable. As the oil industry moves further north, it is vital that offshore assets have the highest quality oil spill detection systems on-board as it will allow the industry to combat any potential oil spill before it reaches shore.
"We are very pleased that Fafnir, through Havyard, has chosen Aptomar’s technology for this vessel."
Fafnir Offshore, which focuses on serving the oil industry in the North Atlantic, intends to set up a fleet of specialised vessels built for the harsh conditions of Arctic waters.
Fafnir Offshore CEO Steingrímur Erlingsson said: "As a company operating in the harsh Arctic environment, we depend on the most robust and functional equipment and technology available in the market.
"That is why we have opted for the Havyard 832 L WE design and Aptomar’s technology, which can identify both people, oil, and ice in the dark."