Fugro Acquires Oceanor

The Fugro group has acquired the Norwegian metocean services and systems company Oceanor. The combination of the unique capabilities of Oceanor with the worldwide metocean operations of Fugro GEOS creates the world's leading commercial oceanographic organization.

"There are several areas in which our combined expertise will give us added strength," commented Ralph Rayner, managing director of Fugro GEOS.

In the offshore oil and gas industry, for example, Fugro GEOS, through its integration of InstallOcean last year, provides specialist marine environmental data acquisition systems which have become industry standard for applications such as new-build platforms, FPSOs and rig refurbishments. To this will now be added Oceanor's experience in helideck motion monitoring, offshore structural monitoring and wave measurement systems. Oceanor also produces a full range of closed circuit and subsea TV systems for offshore applications.

Another Oceanor speciality is the Seawatch real time ocean environmental monitoring system. This uses moored buoys (including Oceanor's proven Wavescan) to collect a full range of metocean data. Data are transmitted to shore for processing, interpretation and integration with other data from satellites, research vessels and forecast models. The processed information is then made web-accessible to the public and to private subscribers. An example of a Seawatch system of this type provides real time environmental monitoring, surveillance and forecasting in the Aegean Sea to government authorities in Greece.

The Oceanor Wavescan buoy, a key component of the Seawatch system, has been universally accepted as one of the most robust platforms for obtaining metocean data in deepwater harsh environments.

"With our new partnership we will be able to offer this buoy technology, together with our other systems engineering skills, to a far wider world market," said Bjørn Dørum, managing director of Oceanor.