Petroleum Geophysical Services ASA (PGS) has launched its second Ramform Titan class vessel, the Ramform Atlas, at a naming ceremony in Nagasaki, Japan today.
The vessel will typically tow a network of several hundred thousand recording sensors over an area greater than 12sq km, equivalent to 3.5 x Central Park, New York.
Ramform Atlas (pictured) is the second of four such vessels to be built in Japan. Her sister ship, the Ramform Titan, has been operating successfully since its delivery in April 2013.
The design combines maritime technology and the imaging capabilities of the GeoStreamer seismic acquisition technology.
The vessel's 70m broad stern has 24 streamer reels: 16 reels aligned abreast and 8 reels further forward.
It can carry more than 6000 tons of fuel and equipment, and will have quarters for up to 80 crew members, with 60 single cabins, and 10 twin cabins for visitors, all with separate bathrooms.