The Ramform Tethys was delivered to PGS yesterday, March 16, and follows two first Ramform Titan-class vessels delivered to the Norwegian seismic contractor in 2013 and 2014, the Ramform Titan and the Ramform Atlas. The fourth vessel Ramform Hyperion is due in a year’s time.
According to PGS, the Ramform Tethys sets the new standard for seismic operations for the next 25 years. Jon Erik Reinhardsen, president and CEO of PGS, said: “The Ramform Tethys further strengthens our fleet productivity and together with the other Ramform Titan-class vessels will enhance our competitive edge. In the current challenging market environment we also experience more demand for our best capacity and Ramform Tethys will add to PGS ultra-high-end value proposition.”
The sinusoidal waterline of the Ramform Titans improves vessel motions, provides a large deck area at the stern which is ideal for installation and loading of various facilities and it also offers generous interior capacity. PGS acquired the rights to the vessel design, and the Ramform Explorer was launched in 1995 with 10 winches sufficient to tow 10 seismic buoys.
Here's a video of a Ramforth Titan class in operation.