Fugro expanding uncrewed surface vessel fleet

Dutch surveyor Fugro has signed a contract with Kooiman Engineering and Van Oossanen Naval Architects for the naval design of its next generation of uncrewed surface vessels (USVs).

Named the Blue Prism, the USV has been specifically engineered for operations in both coastal and offshore environments, combining an ultra-low carbon footprint with high quality data collection, weather resilience and endurance characteristics, Fugro said.

The new units will enter service in 2023 and acquire bathymetry and sub-bottom data using hull mounted sensors, whilst also having the ability to tow multiple geophysical sensors.

“Capable of beyond line of sight operations, it will be the first low carbon autonomous vessel to combine these advanced vessel characteristics and sensors. Together with Fugro’s smart data management software, the speed and endurance of the Blue Prism will reduce risk and accelerate project delivery in offshore wind, hydrographic charting and coastal resilience,” the company said in a release.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.
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