Norwegian company orders two Ramform survey vessels from MHI

18 Apr 2011
The Ramform W, two of which are to be built for PGS at MHI

The Ramform W, two of which are to be built for PGS at MHI

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries reports a new contract for two 3D seismic seabed data acquisition survey ships, to the Ramform W design, for Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) of Norway.

The ships are to be built to the Ramform W class, described as the newest generation in the Ramform series. The 104mvessel features a wide 70m breadth and a diesel-electric main propulsion system. The 30m wider stern than existing vessels will permit deployment of up to 24 streamer cables, each several km in length, enabling exploration of a wider area at each sweep. The contract includes an option for two further vessels. The scheduled delivery begins in Spring 2013.

MHI says that it was chosen to build the ships on the strength of its track record in building specialised ships, and expects this order to provide a boost for its strategy to further expand its ocean development activities. PGS, which currently owns and operates 16 offshore seismic vessels, decided to introduce the newest-generation Ramforms in order to expand its fleet and further strengthen its competitiveness in the seismic industry.

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