"Felix galatea vivas"
The ship and her history
Galatea was delivered to the Italian Navy in 2002. A catamaran in FRP (Fibre Reinforced Plastic), it was designed to carry out hydro-oceanographic surveys at high sea and in harbours and shallow waters, in order to guarantee the production and updating of nautical charts.


Technical features:
• Displacement: 415 t.
• Length: 39,21 m.
• Beam: 12,60 m.
• Draught: 2,50 m.
• Range: 1700 miles at 13 knots


Main activities:
• sounding;
• minimum depth;
• topography of shorelines and port facilities;
• seabed features;
• collection of nautical and geographical data for the updating of nautical documentation;
• detection of sunken vessels or dangerous underwater obstacles.


The collected data are then processed by means of dedicated software programs and then used to produce:
• paper and electronic nautical charts for the safety of navigation;
• Additional Military Layers;
• nautical, scientific and technical documentation for mariners;
• oceanographic databases for scientific purposes.
According to the legend, Galatea was a goddess-nymph of the sea, daughter of Nereus and Doris.
Galatea attracted the attention of the cyclop Polyphemos, but the nymph spurned his advances because she was in love with a handsome Sicilian youth named Akis. Seeing the two lovers, Polyphemos fell into a jealous rage and crushed the boy beneath a rock. Galatea, grief-striken, transformed him into a stream.

The myth was depicted by Raphael Sanctius (1483-1520) and Baldassarre Peruzzi (1481-1536) in the Farnesina Palace, in Rome.