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    New Fugro vessel launched

    Vessel & ROV News // January 25, 2010

    The Press & Journal in Aberdeen reports that Fugro's latest vessel, Fugro Searcher, was successfully launched recently at the Fassmer Shipyard in Germany.

    The vessel is now in final fitting-out prior to going on sea trials shortly. Fugro says it remains on schedule for formal delivery into Fugro Survey Limitedís fleet in March.

    Press & Journal said Fassmer of Bremen designed and constructed this new geophysical survey vessel in close co-operation with Fugro Survey, and it is the first such new-build since the early-1980s.

    At 65m length overall and with accommodation for 43 in en-suite single and double cabins, the expectation is that it will be a comfortable and spacious vessel on which to work and is fully capable of worldwide operations.

    The suite of survey equipment is extensive, including a suite of sounders and sonars, plus seismic source.

    The vessel will be fully networked to provide full plug-and-play interconnectivity and will have Fugroís dual DGPS high-precision navigation systems. The company says that the design of the vessel will permit simultaneous analogue/digital survey operations and AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) operations.

    Geotechnical and ROVSV (remotely-operated vehicle support vessel) duties can also be undertaken.

    Diesel electric drive, a specially designed hullform, resilient engine mounts and rudder propellers will maximise station-keeping and navigational control while, hopefully, ensuring acoustically quiet running at survey speeds.

    Fugro Searcher will be operated by Fugro Survey of Aberdeen.

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