Fugro orders first XL-class USV for
The Dutch geodata company Fugro has ordered an unmanned surface vessel of the SEA-KIT XL class for future operations in the North Sea.
According to USV manufacturer SEA-KIT, the 18-metre USV, which will be called Blue Eclipse, will be the first of its kind and will be built at SEA-KIT’s expanding UK production facility on the East Coast. Essex.
“After the successful delivery and award-winning operations of the 12m vessels built for Fugro to date, we are delighted to announce this order for the first larger SEA-KIT XL Class USV,” said SEA CEO -KIT, Ben Simpson.
“The XL design is the result of an industry collaboration to overcome the complex challenges of efficient long-range unmanned operations in rough seas. Our 18m USV will push the boundaries of ruggedness and versatility, meeting the increased challenges of endurance, communications and station keeping.
The SEA-KIT XL USV will have a payload capacity of 7 tonnes and a powerful bollard pull, making it suitable for towing larger spreads and sensors.
By SEA-KIT, the vessel can launch and recover a wide variety of remotely operated vehicles and payloads, features fully redundant station-keeping capability, Cat 0 operations for unlimited use, and large UPS power lithium for the ship’s systems.
This release will feature the latest developments in unmanned systems technology, including the next generation of SEA-KIT’s proven proprietary USV remote control and monitoring platform, G-SAVI, the company said.
Ivar de Josselin de Jong Director of Remote Inspection at Fugro, said, “This order is an exciting next step in rolling out Fugro’s remote and autonomous strategy and growing our global fleet of USVs. The Blue Eclipse is the first 18m USV in an anticipated global series of long endurance and higher performance USVs to be deployed in the offshore energy sector with ROV inspection performance comparable to that of regular DP2 vessels.”
Equipped with the Fugro Blue Amp electric eROV and operated from one of our nine global Remote Operations Centers (ROCs), we will be able to help our customers achieve safer and more effective, while contributing to our mutual reduction of the carbon footprint. ambition. »
Work will begin on the hull of the 18m USV in March with delivery scheduled for early 2023.
According to information on SEA-KIT’s website, its adaptable, unmanned, remotely operated USVs enable over-the-horizon deployment of systems and sensors for many commercial use cases, including maritime logistics, environment, marine inspection and seabed surveys.