Winter 2013

Watching over the Titan

The recently launched Ramform Titan of international marine oil and gas research specialist Petroleum Geo- Services (PGS), is one of the world’s most efficient and powerful seismic research ships.

James Fisher Mimic (JFM) supplied a comprehensive condition monitoring solution for this unusual vessel, including both process data and vibration signature data collection and recording. Also provided were analytical tools and specialist software that pass condition data back to the PGS shore facility in Oslo, Norway for further analysis.

“The Ramform Titan is an exceptional brand new class of vessel and we are delighted to have been selected by PGS to provide our Mimic solution. Oil and gas exploration is crucial to the world’s industrial economies, and we are thrilled that our innovative service will help to improve this extraordinary vessel’s operational availability and reduce its maintenance costs.”

Commented JFM engineering manager Martin Briddon.

In addition to providing the complete system to the ship, the JFM team delivered on-board training to allow the crew to collect and analyse maintenance data, enabling the vessel’s operational availability to be increased while also optimizing the cost and resources dedicated to service and repair. JFM engineers also sailed with the Ramform Titan on the first leg of her delivery voyage from the Mitsubishi yard in Nagasaki, Japan, to ensure an accurate start point was obtained for condition monitoring using the Mimic system through the undertaking of baseline vibration signature levels. Whilst on board, the engineers took the opportunity to conduct a thermograhic (infrared) imaging survey of critical electrical equipment, providing a visual check of the systems to confirm that they were safe to operate. This also provided a baseline data set against which future preventative maintenance checks can be compared.

PGS intends to work with the JFM team to integrate their existing IFS maintenance scheduler systems with the Mimic solution to help provide full oversight of their maintenance management. 

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