RV Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa

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  • Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa
  • Flag of the Bahamas.svg ex Polarcus Samur (2011)
Owner: Turkish Petroleum Corp. (TPAO)
Operator: Turkish Petroleum Corp. (TPAO)
Builder: Drydocks World Dubai, UAE
Launched: February 16, 2011
Completed: March 2, 2011
Homeport: Istanbul
Status: In active service as survey ship
General characteristics
Class and type: Seismographic research ship
Length: 84.20 m (276 ft 3 in)
Beam: 17 m (55 ft 9 in)
Draft: 6.70 m (22 ft 0 in) (max.)
Installed power: 4 x 3,060 kW (4,100 hp)
Propulsion: 4 x Wärtsilä 9L26 Diesel-electric engine
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph) (service)
Armament: None
Aircraft carried: Sikorsky S-92
Aviation facilities: 1x helideck

The RV Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa is a Turkish seismographic research/survey vessel owned and operated by the Turkish Petroleum Corp. (TPAO). Built in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and launched in 2011, she was purchased in 2013 and renamed in honor of the renowned Ottoman Navy admiral Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha (1478-1546).


The ship was built at Drydocks World Dubai for Polarcus, a Dubai-based marine geophysical company in the UAE. She was launched on February 16, 2011[1] joining the company's same class fleet as the fourth vessel, and was christened Polarcus Samur for Arabic female given name meaning "swift, fleet".[2] She was delivered on March 2, 2011, commissioned under the flag of the Bahamas and sailed to its first mission to serve for Namibia in charter.[3][4][5]

The ship was acquired in December 2012[6] by the Turkish state-owned oil and gas company TPAO to an amount of US$130 million for use in marine seismographic surveys, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yıldız said on January 30, 2013. The sale includes a collaboration arrangement with Polarcus company for support service in seismic data acquisition, fast-track data processing, management and crewing for the vessel over a three-year period.[7] After repainted in red and white at Desan Shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, reflagged and renamed to Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa, she was commissioned on February 23, 2013 by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In the beginning, she will operate in a region around 60–70 km (37–43 mi) far from Bosporus in western Black Sea. Later, she will continue with surveys in the Mediterranean Sea for oid and gas field exploration.[8][9][10][11]


She is an Arctic-ready with an ICE-1A class notation and environment-friendly high-tech vessel, built using Norwegian Ulstein SX133 X-bow innovative vessel design, which reduces fuel consumption and enables improved transit speeds at minimum emissions. The vessel also consists of most technologically advanced seismic and navigation systems available.[4][12]

Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa is able to deploy up to eight streamers each of 6,000 m (20,000 ft) length, or six streamers each of 8,000 m (26,000 ft) length, with lateral streamer separations of between 25–200 m (82–656 ft), and can tow both conventional and wide tow spreads. She obtains 2D and 3D data. The ship has also a helideck for use with a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter on board.[5][10][13][14]

The vessel is 84.20 m (276 ft 3 in) long, with a beam of 17 m (55 ft 9 in) and a max. draft of 6.70 m (22 ft 0 in). Assessed at 4,711 GT and 1,414 NRT, the ship is propelled by four Wärtsilä 9L26 Diesel-electric engines having 3,060 kW (4,100 hp) power. She has a max. speed of 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph) in service.[5][13][3][15]

Ship's register[edit]

  • 2011 ex Polarcus Samur, built for Polarcus DMCC,
  • 2013 Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa, purchased by the Turkish Petroleum Corp. (TPAO).

Sister ship[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Polarcus announces new build vessel names". Polarcus. 2008-11-11. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Vessel Polarcus Samur (29436)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  4. ^ a b "Polarcus To The World". Shipbuilding Industry. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  5. ^ a b c "Polarcus takes delivery of Polarcus Samur". Polarcus. 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  6. ^ "Polarcus finalizes agreements with TPAO for long-term collaboration arrangement". Sea News. 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  7. ^ "Turkey: Polarcus Sells 3D Vessel Polarcus Samur to TPAO". Subsea World News. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  8. ^ "Polarcus Completes Sale of Polarcus Samur to TPAO". Subsea World News. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  9. ^ "Sismik araştırma gemisi Polarcus Samur Çanakkale Boğazı'ndan geçti". Habertürk (in Turkish). 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  10. ^ a b "Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa göreve başladı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  11. ^ "Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa Gemisi Hizmete Alındı". Yeni Şafak (in Turkish). 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  12. ^ "Polarcus holds double vessel naming ceremony". ROGTEC Russian Oil & Gas Technologies. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  13. ^ a b "Polarcus Samur". Polarcus. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  14. ^ a b "Polarcus Selma officially named by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin". Polarcus. 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  15. ^ "Polarcus Samur-IMO 9538103". Ship Spotting. Retrieved 2013-02-23.