19 March 2014

Condition monitoring software selected for Ramform Titan

Following the success of the installation of James Fisher Mimic (JFM) state-of-the-art condition monitoring solution on board Petroleum Geo-Services ASA’s (PGS) Ramform Titan, Mimic has now been installed on a second PGS vessel – the Ramform Atlas.

Petroleum Geo-Services recently launched Ramform Atlas, the latest edition to their seismic acquisition fleet built in Japan. The installation of the Mimic condition monitoring system is a testament to the strong functionality and reliability of Mimic and its proven effectiveness on board the first vessel delivered - Ramform Titan.

The ship, known as the world’s most advanced seismic vessel, is the second Ramform design vessel to be built by the international marine oil and gas exploration research specialist company, PGS. It follows the Ramform Titan, launched in 2013, in setting the new standard for seismic operations.

“Working with PGS, a globally recognised name in excellence and quality, demonstrated the continued development of Mimic and how far the system has progressed through continuous innovation.” commented Martin Briddon MBE, engineering and business development manager at JFM.

The Ramform design’s primary aim is to collect maximum amounts of seismic data quickly, safely and reliably. With this in mind, there is a constant requirement to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the vessel’s machinery and other assets, and this is where Mimic’s condition monitoring system comes into play.

Incorporating a mix of fixed and hand-held vibration monitoring alongside performance monitoring, Mimic provides detailed information that allows the vessel operators, maintainers and engineers to make decisions on the company’s ability to continue operations.

JFM engineers travelled to Nagasaki to install the Mimic system on board Ramform Atlas just before and during the delivery voyage, continuing the through-life support and customer focussed approach that is the hallmark of JFM. JFM staff also took the opportunity to conduct a detailed thermographic (infrared) survey of the electrical equipment, providing the company with a detailed report and confidence in the ship build quality.

“To receive a second order, for such a prestigious ship as the Ramform Atlas, highlights the quality of our Mimic product and the confidence PGS has in our ability to deliver,” continued Martin. “I am looking forward to continuing to work in the future not just with PGS, but other companies to tailor condition monitoring solutions to meet their exact needs.”

The Mimic condition monitoring system will be used in tandem with a condition-based maintenance strategic approach, ensuring faults are discovered at the earliest possible stage so mitigation action can be taken in time to prevent failure, in turn meaning the vessel can maintain its primary purpose.