Fugro Orders New Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)

Following the successful deployment of Fugro’s Echo Surveyor HUGIN 3000 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) in 2005, Fugro NV is pleased to announce that it has placed an order with Kongsberg Maritime for the purchase of a second HUGIN 3000 AUV. The vehicle will be delivered and tested during Q4 2006 and will be ready for service before the year-end.

Fugro will manage and operate the vehicle from its Aberdeen base but will deploy it globally through its unrivalled network of Offshore Survey Division offices. The combination of HUGIN AUVs with its other deepwater survey resources, global fleet of survey vessels and its deepwater geotechnical capability places Fugro in an unrivalled position to meet the demands of deepwater integrated seabed engineering survey and geohazard survey services.

Fugro recognises the trend towards deepwater oilfield developments and has again demonstrated its continued commitment to invest in providing a high technology service to the global marine survey industry. Target market areas are: deepwater field development projects, regional seabed mapping, and route survey projects with a strong focus on integrated geophysical and geotechnical services.

The newbuild HUGIN 3000 will be equipped to the same standard as Echo Surveyor and will incorporate modifications already made to Echo Surveyor which are designed to enhance operational efficiency and improve safety and environmental performance to meet Fugro’s own demanding standards. It is being supplied with improved navigation capabilities and has a depth capability of 3000 meters.

Fugro's dedicated specialist AUV team will again work with Kongsberg Maritime over the next few months during the build and commissioning of the system. This team draws from key staff involved in previous AUV, ROV and geophysical survey operations and has proven to be an exceptional combination. The integrated, multi-disciplinary approach ensures maximum efficiency and effectiveness based on the broadest range of skills, knowledge and experience.

The vehicle will be deployed either from one of Fugro dedicated survey vessels or from a local vessel of convenience depending on project specifications and requirements and will be available from local Fugro operating companies working in close cooperation with Fugro Survey in Aberdeen.