The Polar Pod

The question was

what type of ship can provide comfort at work and safety in « furious fifties » throughout the year? To escape the bustle of the waves one needs a ship with a strong draft, caught in deep stable waters, and a small surface at the impact of the waves. The POLAR POD is inspired by FLIP, the US oceanographic platform, still active after 60 years in the service of research. On the same principle, the POLAR POD will be towed horizontally to the study area and tilted vertically by filling seawater ballast tanks.

Technical specifications of the polar pod

This platform, which is 100 meters high and weighs 1,000 tons, is sized to tackle the biggest waves in the world. The legs of the lattice are made of steel from 38 to 50 mm thick. Bottom ballast weighs 150 tons. The structure of the nacelle is made of aluminum and the outer shell made of special steel to handle the most violent storms. The construction is certified by Bureau Veritas.

Polar Pod

Zero emission

This platform, which is 100 meters high and weighs 1,000 tons, is sized to tackle the biggest waves in the world. The legs of the lattice are made of steel from 38 to 50 mm thick. Bottom ballast weighs 150 tons. The structure of the nacelle is made of aluminum and the outer shell made of special steel to handle the most violent storms. The construction is certified by Bureau Veritas.

Very stable at sea

The POLAR POD is much more stable and comfortable than a traditional ship. With a draft of 75 meters, this “vertical vessel” is very stable: 5 ° heel in the mean time of the Southern Ocean and a vertical movement that does not exceed 10% of the height of the waves. The architecture is designed not to resonate with the swell. Its heave period, from bottom to top, is 60 seconds while the swell of the great South is close to 20 seconds.

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