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Fugro and SEA-KIT to Advance Uncrewed Surface Vessels

Gasoil News - Published on Wed, 01 Apr 2020

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Fugro announced a strategic partnership to develop a new range of agile and compact uncrewed surface vessels, which can deploy remotely operated vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles for marine asset inspections, with SEA-KIT International, a global provider of high-tech solutions to maritime and research industries. The first USVs will be launched before the end of this year, and a larger USV model is being designed for delivery in 2021. These inspection-related USVs are being developed alongside Fugro’s range of USVs for hydrographic data acquisition.

In addition to investing in USVs and remotely operated vehicles, Fugro has built a global network of seven remote operations centers (ROCs) to deliver fast, safe and efficient inspection and positioning services, including two new ROCs in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Leidschendam, the Netherlands, both opened in 2019. By the end of 2020, Fugro will be the first company in the world to provide offshore subsea inspections via USVs and ROVs that are operated from onshore ROCs.

Fugro and SEA-KIT International will accelerate the development and use of uncrewed vessels, remotely operated from Fugro’s ROCs, to improve safety, efficiency, and reduce the environmental impact on marine activities. The new range of USVs will consume up to 95 % less fuel than traditional vessels, supporting international ambitions for zero global emissions in the marine industry.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 01 Apr 2020
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