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PGS launches world’s widest seismic vessel

29th April 2013

PGS reveals ‘ultimate seismic acquisition platform’ with new 24-streamer marine seismic acquisition vessel capable of probing areas greater than 12 km2

PGS launches world’s widest seismic vessel
The vessel was named at MHI yard in Nagasaki, Japan and is the first of four vessels to be built there

Geophysical oilfield services company PGS has launched the world’s widest ship at the waterline, the 24-streamer Ramford Titan, a new marine seismic acquisition platform and the first of four vessels to be built in Japan.

The Ramford Titan’s advanced maritime technology builds on the capabilities of PGS’ GeoStreamer seismic acquisition technology. The vessel is equipped with 24 reels with capacity for 12 km streamers. The vessel carries over 6,000 tonnes of fuel and equipment and will typically tow a network of several hundred thousand recording sensors over an area greater than 12 km2.

“The new ship will be the most powerful and efficient marine seismic acquisition vessel ever and the widest ship in the world at the waterline,” PGS said in a written statement. The vessel was named at MHI yard in Nagasaki, Japan and is the first of four vessels to be built there.

Jon Erik Reinhardsen, president and CEO of PGS said: "The Ramform Titan takes seismic acquisition to a new level. We have combined the most sophisticated technology in the business, with the most powerful and most efficient vessel in the industry. Ramform Titan further strengthens our fleet and will give us a clear competitive edge for the next decade.”