Fugro has contracted Kooiman Engineering and Van Oossanen Naval Architects to design Fugro’s next generation of uncrewed surface vessels (USVs). Engineered for operations in both coastal and offshore environments, the so-called Blue Prism will combine an ultra-low carbon footprint with high quality data collection, weather resilience and endurance.

Available to clients in 2023, Fugro’s Blue Prism will acquire bathymetry and sub-bottom data of the highest accuracy 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.

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Autonomous vessels improve safety

‘Autonomous vessels play an important role in the future of the maritime survey sector by improving safety, reducing carbon emissions, and delivering high quality data more efficiently,’ says Frank Koopman, Fugro’s global director marine site characterisation. ‘We chose to work with Kooiman Engineering and Van Oossanen Naval Architects because of their extensive track record in innovative ship design and hydrodynamics and we look forward to working with them on this exiting project as we are determined to grow our fleet of USVs for safer, more sustainable marine operations.’

Picture: Fugro’s Blue Prism USV will have greater endurance, improved weather resilience and ultra-low carbon emissions (by Fugro).

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